Ohio red light cameras have found their way before the Ohio Senate after a ban on the revenue machines passed the Ohio House. Last June, the state House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed House Bill 69, banning the use of automated ticketing machines with the limited exception of use in a school zone by a police officer when children are actually present. State Senator Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) does not want to see this popular bill passed. His committee, the State Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee began consideration of his bill on Wednesday.
To head off this effort, the Seitz bill mimics the police officer requirement of the House proposal but allows speed camera tickets to be issued anywhere in the state as long as the ticket is for an alleged speed of 6 MPH over the limit in a school zone and 10 MPH elsewhere. He, of course has the help of powerful backers. As reported at www.TheNewspaper.com, “On Tuesday the Traffic Safety Coalition, a front group for Redflex Traffic Systems, the Australian camera vendor, appeared at the Ohio Statehouse with the Ohio Municipal League to oppose the Seitz bill as a “virtual ban” on the use of speed cameras. Representatives of cities with camera programs insist mandating that police officers be present where photo radar is used would make the camera programs lose too much money.” If the state House and Senate cannot agree on a solution, no changes will be made to existing photo enforcement practices unless the state Supreme Court weighs in on the matter.
Residents in a half-dozen Ohio communities took to the ballot box to reject the decision of their leaders to install Ohio red light cameras and speed cameras. Camera bans were enacted in Steubenville, Cincinnati, Chillicothe, Heath, Garfield Heights, Ashtabula, and East Cleveland. You can tell Bill Seitz what you think on his Facebook page.
Attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio and fighting Ohio red light cameras. He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at (937) 318-1384 or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). If you need assistance after hours, call the 24/7 DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671. You can have DaytonDUI at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500. Follow DaytonDUI on Facebook, @DaytonDUI on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest or get RSS of the Ohio DUI blog. You can email CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324. “All I do is DUI defense.”
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