Vote shutters traffic cameras in Cleveland

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)

CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland has stopped employing traffic cameras to enforce speed and red light violations after voters overwhelming approved a measure that effectively banned their use.

More than 77 percent of voters on Tuesday approved an issue that said the city could enforce traffic camera violations only if a police officer writes the ticket. A similar measure passed in the Cleveland suburb of Maple Heights.

Opponents who placed the issue on the ballot argued the camera program was illegal because the city and not a municipal court oversees appeals.

City spokesman Dan Williams said Wednesday that it would be too expensive to place officers at camera sites. The cameras have generated more than $5 million this year for Cleveland.

People will still have to pay tickets issued prior to midnight Tuesday. 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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