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UPDATE: Red Light Camera Ban Passes House
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Lawmakers in the Ohio House have approved a measure that would bar local governments across the state from using cameras to determine whether motorists have run red lights or been speeding.
Members of the House voted 61-32 on Wednesday to move the measure to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.
Rep. Ron Maag is the sponsor of the proposal. The Lebanon Republican says the main goal of the cameras is not to increase public safety but to generate revenue for local governments.
Those who want law enforcement to continue monitoring drivers using the cameras say the technology prevents accidents and saves lives.
The bill includes an exemption for school zones. Cameras would be allowed to operate during school recess, opening and closing hours provided that a police officer is present.
COLUMBUS -- A bill banning red light cameras may get the green light from state lawmakers.
A special house committee who could have stopped the bill in its tracks, Decided to move the bill forward With a vote of 9-4 on Tuesday.
Despite testimony from law enforcement and city officials from across Ohio - including Trotwood and Springfield - today's hearing pushed the bill to the next stage. The full house decisions could be just days away.
"I don't like them, " Bob Mcavey of West Carrrollton shared.
"When people go to turn after everything is clear it still flashes. I kinda worry about people getting tickets when they shouldn't be getting tickets, " Cheryl McKee of West Carrollton added.
While some drivers would like to see the cameras disappear, supporters of the cameras say studies show the machines help reduce traffic accidents and free up officers to pursue more serious crimes.
But as we all now know, the cameras are also big business.
"$116. Very expensive. And not worth it," Tonda Dossett of Dayton recalls getting her first red-light ticket in the mail.
But the dent in her pocket., meant a chunk a change for the Dayton Police Department.
In fact , Dayton collected more than $2 million from camera citations in 2012.
Trotwood says Redflex cameras bring their department $300,000 a year.
More than a dozen Ohio cities use traffic cameras including Dayton, West Carrolton, Springfield and Trotwood.
You can bet all four cities are waiting with bated breathe for the state's decision to see if their traffic cameras will get. well, the red light.
The bill is expected to go to the full House of Representatives this week.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio House committee has approved a measure that would ban red-light cameras across the state.
The Transportation, Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday voted 9-4 to move the measure to the full House for consideration. The bill bans police from using a camera to determine whether motorists have run red lights or been speeding.
Proponents of the bill say cameras have been abused by certain municipalities who see the devices as revenue generators.
Supporters of the cameras say studies show the machines have helped reduce traffic accidents. They also say the cameras free up law enforcement officers to pursue more serious crimes.
More than a dozen Ohio cities use traffic-enforcement cameras. Cleveland collected nearly $6 million from them last year.
Camera-generated tickets are civil infractions.
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