Red Light Camera Challenge Gains Supporters

Traffic cameras have brought in tens of millions of dollars for Ohio cities. Public safety officials say the main goal of the cameras is public safety.(Photo: Flickr)
Traffic cameras have brought in tens of millions of dollars for Ohio cities. Public safety officials say the main goal of the cameras is public safety.(Photo: Flickr)

Nearly 30 state lawmakers and two civil liberties groups are backing a driver’s challenge to traffic cameras that’s going before the Ohio Supreme Court.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law are among groups that have filed legal briefs this week urging the state’s high court to uphold a lower-court ruling in favor of a driver who said the city of Toledo usurped the judicial system and violated the driver’s constitutional rights to due process..

Supporters say cameras stretch police resources and make communities safer. Opponents charge that they violate rights and are meant mainly to raise revenue.

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