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Police, other officials oppose Ohio traffic camera ban

Ohio lawmakers are currently considering a bill that would outlaw traffic cameras that enforce speeding and red light laws in the state. These cameras already ticket thousands of motorists throughout the state, and they were designed to encourage safety and reduce the risk of a car accident. However, opponents of these cameras state that they only exist to create revenue and that they infringe on Ohioans' privacy.

The cameras work by snapping pictures of people who run red lights or exceed the speed limit by a certain amount, usually 10 mph, and citations are issued to offending motorists. One member of the Toledo Police Department has stated that these cameras have led to a reduction in car accidents because it is like having a police officer on every corner. He continued that the mere presence of these cameras has led to a reduction in violations. The mayor of Toledo agrees and has said that cameras provide a fair ticketing process that has saved lives.

Not everyone agrees that these cameras increase safety. One member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has stated that there is no evidence supporting the notion that cameras reduce accidents. Additionally, people who are issued tickets are not able to face their accusers since the offenses are civil rather than criminal.

When someone is in a car accident because another driver broke the law by speeding or running a red light, he or she may be owed compensation for medical bills or lost wages related to injury. People in these cases may want to speak with an attorney with experience in personal injury claims.

Source: Cleveland Live, "Ohio traffic camera ban is a bad idea, police say," Rex Santus, April 23, 2013

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