No More Dayton Cameras – We Win! The Dayton Police Department has announced that it will STOP using traffic cameras for speed and traffic enforcement. An Ohio law takes effect March 19, 2015 that requires that a police officer witness traffic infractions at intersections where a camera is used. The city will lose all of the 20 fixed red-light and speed cameras throughout Dayton.
Dayton police will continue to use three Mobile Speed Vehicles around high incident intersections to capture [Read the full post. . .]
If you were hoping that the Ohio Supreme Court would curtail a city’s ability to implement policing for profit, you would be disappointed. Last week, in Walker v. Toledo, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-5461, a divided Supreme Court ruled that cities in Ohio have complete freedom to set up tribunals that do away with due process protections for motorists accused by a machine.
The majority opinion, written by Justice Kennedy held specifically that,
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Municipalities have home-rule authority under Ohio
As many regular readers of this blog already know, I have made it my mission to speak out against traffic cameras and speed cameras since their introduction. I consider them to be corrupt and corrupting. They are the worst example of turning the criminal justice system (and the citizens) into a source of revenue.
Today the Ohio Senate passed legislation that will effectively ban traffic cameras statewide. The law would require that a police officer be on the scene to [Read the full post. . .]
There is a traffic ticket blitz underway in Ohio and five other states. The Ohio State Highway Patrol will join forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus efforts on distracted driving enforcement statewide. The high-visibility enforcement effort begins Sunday, July 20 at 12:01 a.m. and continues through Saturday, July 26 at 11:59 p.m. The 6-State Trooper Project includes the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Kentucky State Police, Indiana State Police, Pennsylvania State Police, West Virginia State Police [Read the full post. . .]
Electronic traffic tickets are coming to Ohio. The Ohio Supreme Court adopted amendments to the Ohio Traffic Rules about electronic tickets issued by law enforcement to account for an ongoing pilot project. The Rules will take effect in January to facilitate the use of e-tickets. Subsequently, the Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure learned of a State Highway Patrol effort to issue e-tickets but file paper copies with the local court. The rules amended in January only covered [Read the full post. . .]