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Lawsuit in southwest Ohio challenges traffic cameras

Associated Press

CINCINNATI: A lawsuit alleging that traffic cameras used to trap speeders are unconstitutional has been filed against a southwest Ohio village, just months after a judge ordered similar cameras removed in another village in the state.

The lawsuit filed in Butler County Common Pleas Court against New Miami by four area residents and businesses alleges the village’s camera ordinance violates the constitutional right to due process.

The lawsuit names the village, about 20 miles north of Cincinnati, and New Miami police Chief Kenneth Cheek. It seeks a judgment that the ordinance is invalid and should not be enforced. It also seeks restitution of all penalties, fees and other charges.

Dennis Adams, the village’s attorney, and Cheek said Tuesday they had not seen the lawsuit and had no immediate comment. But Cheek said the cameras have greatly reduced speeding in the village, with violations decreasing from about 250 to 400 per day to about 60 to 70 per day.

A Hamilton County judge this year struck down the use of traffic cameras in the village of Elmwood Place, saying their use violated due process.


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