(Columbus, Oh.) – Speed cameras would become illegal in Ohio under a bill that has cleared its first challenge in the state legislature.
The House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee voted 9-4 Tuesday to approve the measure, sending it forward to the full House.
The bill seeks to ban police and municipalities from using speed cameras to ticket motorists. Cities like Elmwood Place in Cincinnati and Cleveland have put the cameras to work, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars – if not $6 million last year in Cleveland’s case – in new revenue.
Opponents of the cameras have called them unconstitutional and a money-grab. Supporters of the cameras say they make roads safer by making drivers obey the speed limit, or risk a ticket.
The mayor and council in the Village of Cleves have been considering speed cameras there, but this legislation could impact that decision.