City of Dayton reacts to red light camera funds

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton city leaders will hold a news conference Tuesday to discuss the fate of the city’s traffic cameras.

Several months ago, legislators banned the traffic cameras unless an officer is present at the device at all times.

Since then, several cities have defied the law after several court case battles. According to Dayton city officials, one particular Toledo ruling by a Lucas County judge gives them the jurisdiction to keep both RedFlex red light and speed cameras operating without an officer.

State legislators later addressed this in the 2-year budget, which was recently passed and signed into law by Governor John Kasich.

Local lawmakers have moved to strip any Ohio cities funding if it continues to operate the cameras. Dayton officials would have to report its traffic camera fines to the State Auditor and that amount would be deducted from local government funding from the state.

It’s a legislative move that earlier Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley addressed, “The state legislature instead of trying to get a budget passed have decided to mess with cities. This isn’t surprising this is what they constantly do.”

Dayton is one of several cities that will lose its funding now that the budget has passed.

The press conference is set for 11:15 a.m.

2 NEWS will stream the event and have a full report Tuesday beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Five on 2.

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