Traffic Enforcement Cameras

Daniel Konik

2017 ends with some big decisions coming out of the Ohio Supreme Court. 

The Ohio Supreme Court has again sided with cities in a dispute with the state over traffic enforcement cameras.

A Republican State lawmaker wants to test the theory that traffic enforcement cameras are meant to prevent crashes and not boost municipal budgets by cutting funding to cities that use them.

The Ohio Supreme Court has again upheld cities' use of traffic camera enforcement systems, striking down as unconstitutional legislative restrictions including requiring a police officer to be present.

State lawmakers are again trying to create new rules for how communities may use traffic enforcement cameras, especially smaller ones that make a large percentage of their revenue from citations.

Dayton city officials plan to resume using traffic enforcement cameras, two years after they killed the systems to comply with state law.

Dayton is one of several cities urging the Ohio Supreme Court to reject a law that restricts municipalities from using traffic enforcement cameras.

The former chief executive of the Redflex camera company has been sentenced to 2  1/2 years in prison for a bribery scheme to secure 124 million dollars in city of Chicago contracts.

A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on red-light cameras shows getting rid of them could lead to more deaths.

The 6th Ohio District Court of Appeals has upheld the City of Toledo's right to use traffic enforcement cameras, though the issue is headed for the state's Supreme Court.

The City of Columbus has dropped its lawsuit against the state over the law that banned the use of traffic enforcement cameras.

The 2nd Ohio District Court of Appeals has rejected the city of Springfield's challenge to restrictions on traffic camera enforcement that include requiring a police officer to be present.

The Ohio Supreme Court has sent a class-action lawsuit challenging Cleveland's traffic camera enforcement system back to a county judge for further deliberation.

Dayton city officials say they will shut down the municipal red light camera program by the end of the year. 

New documents released by the City of Columbus show money was a motivator in the creation of the city's red light camera program. 

WCBE Files

Democratic Columbus City Council President and Mayoral Candidate Andy Ginther yesterday accused the media of  misrepresenting the facts of a federal bribery case that links contributions from the former CEO of a red-light camera company to the campaigns of elected officials in Columbus and Cincinnati.

Democratic Columbus City Council president and Mayoral candidate Andy Ginther denies accepting bribes from the company that operates the city's traffic enforcement camera system.

One provision of the state budget proposal that's likely to stay in the final version would deduct state money from cities like Columbus that are still using traffic enforcement camera systems.

The former CEO of the Arizona-based red light camera company Redflex, which runs Columbus' system, has pleaded guilty to her role in an eight year fraud and bribery scheme.

A Montgomery County judge has ruled new state restrictions on municipal traffic enforcement camera programs violate the Ohio constitution, granting the city of Dayton a permanent order blocking them.

Toledo Blade

A judge has temporarily blocked a new state law sharply restricting cities use of traffic enforcement cameras. 

City officials in Columbus and Dayton are joining other Ohio municipalities in fighting the state's new traffic enforcement camera law. 

The city of Dayton says it will stop using traffic cameras in fixed positions to issue citations for red-light and speeding violations. 

Ohio's governor has signed a bill to require a police officer's presence for tickets to be issued from traffic cameras. The legislation would regulate the statewide use of the devices, though opponents say it's tantamount to a ban. 

Just as state lawmakers pass a bill that will likely end most traffic camera programs in Ohio, the state’s highest court has ruled cities have the authority to use them.

Ohio House Approves Traffic Camera Bill

Dec 11, 2014

The Ohio House has approved a Senate-passed measure requiring a law enforcement officer to be present for tickets to be issued from municipal traffic cameras.

Ohio Senate Approves Traffic Camera Bill

Nov 20, 2014

The Ohio Senate has approved a bill requiring a police officer's presence for tickets to be issued from municipal traffic enforcement cameras.

Cleveland Voters Ban Traffic Camera Program

Nov 6, 2014

The City of Cleveland has halted its traffic camera enforcement program after 77 percent of voters Tuesday approved what amounts to a ban.

A federal judge in Rhode Island has ruled cash-strapped East Cleveland must pay at least 638 thousand dollars after defaulting on a years-old bill owed to an insolvent traffic camera company that was based in Providence.

SUPCO Delays Traffic Camera Case

Jul 10, 2014

The Ohio Supreme Court has put a Cleveland traffic camera case on hold while the justices decide a motorist's challenge to Toledo's camera system.