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)
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.

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