State Representative Wes Retherford  (R-Hamilton) has issued a call for cities who have been utilizing the controversial red light cameras to drop the enforcement program in light of an ongoing federal investigation. Representative Retherford’ s comments come in response to a federal investigation into reports that a traffic company illegally bribed city officials to purchase their camera systems.

Retherford, who is an advocate for neighborhood safety and a member of the House committee tasked with public safety, stated: “It would be a shameful act for these red light companies to use questionable enticements to secure contracts with local governments.”

According to statewide news reports, RedFlex CEO Karen Finley has pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery. Later reports and court documents point to improper campaign contributions within the cities of Cincinnati and Columbus as the cause for the charges filed against Mrs. Finley. According to the allegations, these violations occurred and continued within an eight year timeframe between 2005 and 2013.

“We as representatives are tasked with keeping the public’s best interest in mind when making legislation, and that is what we did when we banned the use of these red-light cameras some time ago,” Retherford continued. “The government is supposed to protect its citizens, and within the confines of this state we shall not welcome any presence of such abuse.”

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