(Cleves, Oh.) - A group of Ohio lawmakers have proposed legislation to outlaw the use of automated speed cameras to hand out speeding tickets.
The announcement made Monday comes as the Village of Cleves is considering bringing speed cameras to town.
Cleves Mayor Dan Stacy told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the village is only looking into the possibility now and no vote has been held among the village council. Vice Mayor Jan Pastrick told the newspaper that it has not been discussed where the cameras would be located, although she mentioned U.S. 50 as a possibility.
Those supporting the camera idea say it’s a safety issue with Three Rivers Local Schools’ new K-12 school being built on Cooper Avenue, however, others say it’s a money grab for the cash-strapped village.
Cleves leaders may be keeping an eye to how other municipalities with speed cameras fair in a legal battle to keep them. Elmwood Place, Ohio introduced speed cameras last year. The village of 2,200 people has seen about 6,600 tickets issued each month since, totaling $1.5 million in fines.
Last Thursday, a Hamilton County judge issued an injunction on speed cameras in Elmwood Place, Ohio, calling them unconstitutional because drivers ticketed were not given due process.
"Elmwood Place is engaged in nothing more than a high-tech game of Three-card Monty. It is a scam the motorist cannot win," Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman said in his decision.
Elmwood Place and the company its contracted with for the cameras, OptoTraffic, have appealed the ruling. OptoTraffic receives about 40 percent of the revenue from each ticket issued, with the rest going to the village.