A Hamilton County judge is expected to rule Thursday in a lawsuit filed by motorists ticketed in the village of Elmwood Place by police using traffic enforcement cameras.
They want the judge to order the village to refund speeding fines and fees totaling 1.8 million dollars. The village says there shouldn't be refunds for speeding violations and has appealed the judge's earlier rulings against the cameras. The judge last year ordered a halt to camera use, comparing the automated system to a rigged card game. He also has approved class-action status for ticketed drivers. The ruling will lead off a pivotal year in the accelerating debate over use of the cameras in Ohio. Several other lawsuits are pending, including one before the Ohio Supreme Court.