Ohio Supreme Court To Hear Traffic Cameras Case

The air traffic control towers at OSU's Don Scott Airport (left) and Bolton Field face possible closure because of budget cuts in the federal sequester.(Photo: Google Maps)
The air traffic control towers at OSU's Don Scott Airport (left) and Bolton Field face possible closure because of budget cuts in the federal sequester.(Photo: Google Maps)

The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments this week about traffic cameras, though that doesn’t signal a stop yet to the growing legal challenges to their use in ticketing motorists for running red lights or speeding.

Motorists filed lawsuits last week against two Dayton suburbs, bringing the number of cases against cameras working through courts around the state to at least eight. The state Senate president says he expects legislative action on cameras before the year’s end.

The Ohio Municipal League has said the case against Toledo’s cameras could affect “every Ohioan who drives or owns a vehicle.” The justices will hear those arguments Wednesday.

And a legal expert says the case goes beyond cameras and is a balance-of-power test between executive and judicial branches.

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