Henne Votes To Ban Red-Light, Speed Cameras
Devices are viewed as a bad budgetary scheme and an infringement of rights
June 26, 2013
 
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COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Mike Henne (R-Clayton) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives today passed bipartisan legislation that would prohibit municipalities, counties, townships and the state highway patrol from using red-light cameras and speed cameras to assist in the enforcement of traffic laws.


The legislation, House Bill 69, would prevent the ticketing of vehicles for violations relating to traffic light and speed limit laws that have been determined through the use of picture or video.


“I strongly believe in the necessity of due process, which red light and speed cameras interfered with. This bill will once again allow law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges to use discretion in the handling of traffic tickets. This is a win for motorists.”


While studies show mixed results on the benefit of the cameras, there is data to show that rear-ending accidents increase at locations with red-light cameras. The unmanned cameras are also viewed as an infringement of due-process rights and a method for local government bodies to fill budgetary gaps through increased revenue.


While being considered by the House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, an amendment was added to the bill that allows speed cameras to be used in a school zone during the school zone’s restricted-speed hours. The amendment requires a law enforcement officer to be present at the site of each speed camera being used in a school zone. 


Red-light cameras have already been banned in Cincinnati, as well as rejected by voters in Heath, Ashtabula, Chillicothe, Garfield Heights and South Euclid. Earlier this year, a Hamilton County Common Pleas Court judge found that the speed cameras in Elmwood Place are unconstitutional.  The village is appealing the ruling.


House Bill 69 will now be sent to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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