Hamilton County judge Robert Ruehlman has ruled the village of Elmwood Place should wait to refund fines from speeding tickets issued through traffic cameras after its appeal is resolved.
The fines and fees total nearly 1.8 million dollars. He says the village is also liable for attorney fees. The village is appealing his approval of class-action status for a lawsuit filed by thousands of ticketed motorists. Ruehlman last year ordered the village to halt camera use, calling it a scam. Several other lawsuits are pending in Ohio. Supporters say cameras make communities safer. Opponents say they are revenue-raisers that violate drivers' rights.