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Old 12-10-2014, 09:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/12/09/red-light-camera-bill.html

The most interesting thing is how long it took the Ohio Senate to reach its conclusion, something like a couple of years, when the House can vote on it within a week.

Plenty of time for all those Ohio cities to continue to rack up barrels of money with the cameras.

It's worth noting that in the recent election, voters across the country voted overwhelmingly to either get rid of or not allow the cameras in their jurisdictions. The only city that voted to keep them was Longview, WA, and that was with the aid the police department who actually sent officers door-to-door to convince voters to vote for the cameras.
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Old 12-11-2014, 11:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Passed the Ohio House as predicted:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Police-Fire/2014/12/11/Ohio-House-OKs-traffic-camera-bill.html

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Now it goes to the governor (Kasich) who is expected to sign it. However, it's doubtful that the cameras will come down anytime soon as it looks like the greedy cities (and the companies who also benefit) plan to appeal the decision based on a 'home rule' basis.

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It's also worth nothing that there was a similar Ohio bill back in 2006, except the then-governor refused to sign it.

It's a pity because, if the program had been administered properly, it's actually a good thing:

1. Use the spe cameras ONLY in school zones.

2. Use the redlight cameras ONLY in thru situations and ONLY with a properly timed yellow light.

3. Do not allow the companies that provide the cameras to get a percentage of the fines gathered.

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The cameras would have been much more palatable with those conditions. But, instead, the cameras were almost always stationed (at the recommendation of the companies) at places where they would obviously extract the maximum amount of revenue (highways far from school zones and intersections with rolling right turns and short yellow lights).
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Old 12-20-2014, 07:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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He signed it. Theoretically, the cameras could all be gone in 90 days, but it sounds like the Ohio cities are going to file a lawsuit, arguing that it infringes on cities' 'home rule'.

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2014/12/19/Ohio-governor-signs-into-law-new-regulations-on-red-light-speed-enforcement-cameras.html

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Update: New law goes into effect March 19, 2015. Hopefully, that's the effective end of the vast majority of photo enforcement cameras in Ohio.
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Most speed cameras are gone here. Except for one town called Linndale who gets the same results as before just violators are charged with a civil offense rather than criminal. Don't want to pay it like before? Now Linndale goes after credit!

http://www.cleveland.com/tipoff/inde...g_speeder.html
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