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Red Light Camera Ban Passed In Ohio

Red Light Camera Ban Passed In Ohio

A red light camera ban has been passed by the Ohio house, putting an end to traffic light and speed cameras across the state.

The law requires all municipalities in the state to remove law-enforcement cameras, except fpor mobile units in school zones during restricted hours, though this is only applicable in the presence of a police officer. The red light camera ban passed after an hour of debate, during which proponents of the bill accused some officials of overusing the cameras to generate profit for local governments.

Not everyone agreed with the ban, however.

“Motorists learn where these cameras are … and guess what? Driving habits change. They change for the better,” said Rep. Michael F. Curtin, a Democrat from Marble Cliff.

The vote cut across party lines, with other Democrats disagreeing with Curtin.

“The village of Elmwood (Place) issued 6,000 tickets in 30 days at $105 a pop … with 40 percent of the revenue going to a company that is not located in Ohio,” said Rep. Alicia Reece, a Democrat from Cincinnati. “Folks don’t even want to go to church because they don’t want to drive through the village.”

Red light cameras have become an increasingly contentious issue nationwide. Earlier this month, the Iowa City council voted to repeal an ordinance that allowed red light cameras. Last year officials in New Jersey determined that red light cameras weren’t calibrated properly and were giving hundreds of unwarranted tickets.

A driver in Newark, California, made national headlines earlier this month when she successfully fought a ticket from a red light camera. She found that a public announcement had incorrectly stated the street she was on, a move that officials think could invalidate thousands of other tickets generated by the red light camera.

The issue of banning red light cameras has national groups involved as well. The red light ban in Iowa City was proposed by StopBigBrother.org, a civil rights organization that advocates for an end to what it calls “traffic surveillance.”

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23 Responses to “Red Light Camera Ban Passed In Ohio”

  1. Paul Henry

    Looks like ATS etc. did not put enough money into campaign accounts in Ohio. maybe they were spending it all here in Florida, where they've given over $520,000 to politicians and political groups since 2008.

    It's good to see legislators acting to do away with the automated for-profit law enforcement scheme.

  2. Lisa Bennett Human

    Well that's 2 great things that have passed this week in OH..I agree they should be in school zones because it is to protect children, but the rest of it is a scam….

  3. Ralph Huntington

    Red-light cameras increase rear end collisions because motorists aware of the cameras sometimes stop too short to avoid cruising through a changing light. Also, unless the picture depicts the driver AND the exact situation (not likely) then there is no proof with which to establish the guilt of that driver. Just plead not guilty. The red-light camera likely cannot convict on itw own.

  4. Rick Hoge

    The ticket the send when a traffic light violation occurs does have a box to check if you were the driver at the time or not, but in the long run as the registered owner of a motor vehicle you ARE ultimately responsible for what the vehicle does.
    I'm just wonder if any tickets issued prior to the ban that haven't come due yet will need to be paid? Or now found to be illegal will they reimburse those who were previously "caught" by them?

  5. Scott A Chappelear

    The point of the cameras is to STOP at red lights. Not to cruise through. That's a dumb argument. Where I live people run the red lights constantly. And I'm not talking cruising as changing. I'm talking a good 2-3 seconds after it has changed. If there were cameras implemented in more places here this would stop.

  6. Brian Byrne

    No it wouldnt! people are stupid they are not running them because they want to they are running them because they are not paying attention and that wont stop because of cameras. This is just another way to track what we are doing! Its against the law as well and they use stupid stuff like this to convince you its for your own good!

  7. Scott A Chappelear

    I agree people are stupid. And a lot of them know exactly what they are doing, when they floor it through a red. And do you really think Pensacola is smart enough to monitor what anyone is doing…?

  8. Nina Claussen-Clowes

    Interesting. There is a camera on Busch Blvd and I noticed it took a picture the other day of a car turning left on an arrow. That person had the legal right to turn!
    Unless the camera caught something I didn't see, there was no illegal activity.

  9. Rick Hoge

    Personally not sure exactly how they work, but I believe they are set on a timer that when the light turns red a split second delay then automatically takes a picture if a vehicle has tripped a sensor.
    In the situation you describe, I doubt a citation will be issued.
    Also I am not sure if a person looks at each before they mail them to you to determine if it was a legal turn or not.
    Did you know that if issued one of these you don't contact the traffic court as if you were pulled over by an officer, they have their own special division that does nothing but traffic cam violations, the traffic clerk of courts has no knowledge of what you are telling them or of the ticket

  10. Tanya Kynard

    So glad this ban did pass these cameras are so unbiased anyways.

  11. Carl Collier

    The article fails to mention if the bill also passed the Ohio Senate and if the governor has signed it into law. It does not offer the number of the House Bill, or any other useful information.

  12. Stanley Sirgutz

    in boca raton fla.they made the yellow warning shorter to trick you into a violation, be cautious, yellow light shorter easier to get a violation.

  13. Carl Collier

    A quick internet search shows that this bill is now on the way to the Ohio Senate for consideration. The article implies that the law has been enacted. It has not.

  14. Paul Henry

    The point of lawful law enforcement is to hold the person breaking the law responsible. This is best done by having an officer issue tickets that carry points. As a side benefit, those that run through red lights 2+ seconds into the red that are DUI are stopped and taken off the road before they can hurt or kill your family, not necessarily by running a light.

    The point of the automated for-profit devices is to make a profit. When they do not, they go away. Look at what is happening in Miami, Doral, and Davie in S. Florida. The cities have determined the cost of the new kangaroo court law is too high, so they have stopped device use for now.

    If the point of the automated for-profit devices was safety- and the devices worked to this end, the cities would fund them. Isn't one life saved worth the cost?

    If the point of the automated for-profit devices was safety, violations would carry points.

    If the point of the automated for-profit devices was safety, they would be installed at high red light violation (RLV) crash intersections, not intersections with no or few RLV crashes but more split-second "violations".

    Not one of those things in the first paragraph happens with the use of automated for-profit law enforcement. I know this because I spent 25 years in Florida as a law enforcement officer, mainly traffic. No pole mounted device at roadside will have any impact on a distracted or drunk driver.

  15. Paul Henry

    Good points. It will be interesting to see the outcome of the other two stops.

  16. James Walker

    Hopefully, this ban will pass the Senate and be signed by the Governor to end the scourge of the money-grab speed and red light camera cash registers in Ohio.

    If you agree, call your Senators and the Governors office to urge passage and signing.

    James C. Walker, Life Member-National Motorists Association.

  17. James Walker

    Michael Austell Florida will hold out as long as money trumps morality and fairness.

    OR, until enough people call their state Representatives and Senators to say that ticket cameras are NOT acceptable under any circumstances and voters demand an end to the scams.

    James C. Walker, Life Member-National Motorists Association

  18. 'Lauren Duncan

    The accidents that happen when someone runs a red light seem far worse than a few fender benders. No one LIKES the idea of getting a ticket but I, for one, sure like the idea that people might follow the road rules.