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Wed January 23, 2013
Elmwood Place Traffic Cameras Raise Revenue And Controversy
Installation of traffic cameras in a Cincinnati suburb have lead to an explosion of tickets -- and a lawsuit over constitutional issues.
Elmwood Place issued 6,600 citations in the first month, or three times the number of village residents. And a reported $1.5 million in fines has been levied since two cameras began operating in September. The blitz of $105 citations has caused consternation in the economically struggling village for months. There have been petition drives, calls on social media to boycott the village, and a lawsuit that alleges constitutional violations. The police chief says the automated system has already made the village safer because speeding has plummeted. Arguments in the lawsuit are scheduled to resume Thursday in Hamilton County court.