The followers of Dayton DUI on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and loyal followers of this blog have listened to me complain about red-light cameras and speed cameras in Ohio for over three years. I have urged you to contact your local representatives and to let your opposition be known. We are now in the final push and our concerns are being heard!
Ohio’s 130th General Assembly has introduced House Bill 69, which would eliminate red light cameras and speed cameras throughout Ohio. The proposal reads, in pertinent part,
“No local authority or the state highway patrol, utilizing either its own employees, those of another public entity, or those of a private entity, shall use a traffic law photo-monitoring device to determine compliance with, or to detect a violation of section 4511.13 (red light violation) or 4511.21(speed violation) of the Revised Code or a substantially equivalent municipal ordinance or county or township resolution.”
As reported in the Huffington Post and the linked Coshoctan Tribune story, State Rep. Ron Hood (R-Ashville) cited safety concerns as the main reason for introducing the ban on the cameras, the Coshocton Tribune reported. The Ohio proposal would ban use of the cameras for both red light and speed limit enforcement within the state, making Ohio part of a growing number of states to ban the usage of one or both types of cameras. Lawmakers seeking to enact such bans have also raised privacy issues as a point of concern. “Several recent studies, including a federal report, have confirmed that traffic photo-monitoring devices increase the number of rear-end collisions at intersections that are monitored by these devices,” Hood said in a statement to the Coshocton Tribune.
The Ohio legislation comes after a judge in Hamilton County said that a speeding ticket issued due to a photo enforced camera violated the state’s due process laws. I have long cited the failure of due process and the dangers of using law enforcement as a revenue source (policing for profit) as my opposition to the cameras. Your right to confront your accuser, your right to have the state prove the identity of the driver, the right to a trial in a criminal or quasi-criminal proceeding, and many other important American traditions have been trampled by greedy municipalities who see automated police as a means of taxation without representation.
I now call on you again to make your voice heard. The readership of this blog and the “reach” of Dayton DUI on Facebook brings our collective voice to over 20,000 people. We have the ear of Rep. Rick Perales who has been amazingly attentive to our previous calls. Call your State Rep at 1-800-282-0253 Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Visit the Ohio House of Representatives website to email your State Rep. This is our time to ban these abominations once and for all.