County judge rejects new Ohio rules on traffic cameras

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

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A judge in northwest Ohio has made the latest ruling rejecting the state’s new restrictions on traffic camera enforcement.

Lucas County Judge Dean Mandros followed up his March 22 preliminary injunction against the law with a ruling Monday that it violates home-rule powers given to local governments under Ohio’s constitution. The Blade newspaper of Toledo reports that Mandros said restrictions such as requiring a police officer’s presence when cameras are in use are, in his words, “an unconstitutional exercise of legislative power.”

Judges in Montgomery and Summit counties have made similar rulings, allowing police in Dayton and Akron to continue using camera systems to cite red-light and speeding violations.

The Ohio attorney general’s office says it will appeal the rulings against the law passed late last year.

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