Traffic-camera challenge heads to Ohio high court

Courts across Ohio have issued a series of conflicting decisions as to the camera programs’ constitutionality.
TNS Regional News
Apr 9, 2014

 

The Ohio Supreme Court will hear oral arguments June 11 regarding a challenge to Toledo’s traffic cameras.

Bradley L. Walker, a Kentucky man who paid a $120 fine after being caught by one of the city’s cameras, charges that Toledo’s appeals process usurps powers reserved to the courts.

He sued the city and RedFlex Traffic Systems, the private firm that operates the cameras.

The high court agreed to hear Toledo’s appeal of a 6th District Court of Appeals ruling in Mr. Walker’s favor.

The case has pitted constitutional-rights organizations and 28 state lawmakers against Toledo and other Ohio cities with similar red-light and speed-enforcement cameras.

Courts across Ohio have issued a series of conflicting decisions as to the camera programs’ constitutionality, while state legislators are considering a bill that would outlaw them.

One justice has already removed himself from the case: Justice Terrence O’Donnell, a Rocky River Republican. Justices do not have to state their reasons for recusal. A district appellate judge will be assigned to hear the case in his stead.

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Comments

Foodforthought

Need to outlaw these and get rid of them. All it is is a revenue stream, nothing more.

methodman

Obey the law and u won't contribute any "revenue".

Steamer84

Tell that to the man in Florida who got a red light violation in Miami. The only problem being he has never been to Miami. The camera was one digit off in reading the plate and the picture shows a car whereas he owns a truck. To make it even worse the only way to fight the ticket is to drive to Miami.

Foodforthought

if it was black and white you would be right, bottom line is it isnt and it is a violation of our rights and our ability to appeal so try a different argument!

NWalk99

@methodman if you really want to live in a country where every single move you make is on video - go ahead. Most of us prefer not to live in a police state.

hit the road jack

They cause more accidents than anything,a lot of cities found that out the hard way,if one was to look at a good point it is that they don't use the point system against your license.

KURTje

No problem obeying the law. Soon though drones will see if you are burning trash in the country. We the people are burdened enough.