Arguments set in suit over traffic cameras

A sign advising motorists they may be monitored by traffic cameras remains in place Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Elmwood Place, Ohio, after the cameras were removed by a ruling from Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman. Judge Ruehlman is set to rule on Jan. 23 whether fines collected by the village must be returned. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio judge plans to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging a village’s use of speeding cameras.

The Butler County court hearing scheduled Tuesday on New Miami’s cameras is the latest legal skirmish in the battle around Ohio over automated speeding and red-light enforcement.

The lawsuit against New Miami was filed last year in the aftermath of a ruling in neighboring Hamilton County ordering a halt to speeding cameras in the Cincinnati area village of Elmwood Place. Motorists say their due process rights are being violated in a system they say bypasses courts and doesn’t give them much chance to contest camera-produced tickets.

Village attorneys say Judge Michael Sage should reject the claims, or wait until the Ohio Supreme Court rules on a pending case about Toledo’s traffic cameras. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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