City files suit to pause traffic camera law

Traffic Cameras Ohio
Speed cameras aimed at U.S. Route 127 in New Miami, Ohio, Feb. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The cities of Dayton and Springfield are fighting a new state law that would require police officers to be present at red light and speed cameras in order for drivers to be issued tickets.

The law would go into effect Monday March 23, 2015.

The two cities have filed law suits saying that the law would restrict their use of cameras. City officials are claiming the law would be unconstitutional and violate their rights. They want to set their own policies.

Dayton filed an injunction seeking an immediate stop to enforcement of the law until the case is heard in court, an attorney from the city said. The new law is set to take effect on Monday.

As of Thursday afternoon, a judge had not yet ruled on the emergency injunction.

Officials with the city have previously told 2 NEWS that being able to adequately staff the cameras is a concern.

Springfield city manager says come Monday they will be suspending their program and won’t be issuing any more citations from cameras.

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