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Ohio Senate To Debate Red-Light Cameras

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSPD) -- The Ohio Senate will soon take up the debate about red-light cameras and how they are operated.

The Ohio House passed a bill last year banning the devices, but Sen. Bill Seitz says Ohio's constitution, which has a home-rule provision, doesn't allow the state to dictate what local governments can and cannot do.

"This bill would prohibit the use of photo monitoring devices by any city, township, or county, unless a law enforcement officer was personally and physically present at the location to witness the violation," said Seitz.

Seitz claims his proposal has the support of Rep. Ron Maag and Rep. Dale Mallory, authors of the House version of the bill.

This proposal is identical to a bill that passed the Ohio General Assembly in 2006. It was vetoed by Gov. Bob Taft as one of his last acts in office.

"Something that Gov. Taft admitted to me was a mistake now that he was returned to driving his own car and did not have a driver," Seitz said.

He expects the municipalities to come out in opposition to the bill, but says it's just because the devices are revenue generators. Seitz points out that none of the cameras has ever been voluntarily removed.

"The fact that they have not been removed is proof positive that this is all about revenue enhancement. Safety is a secondary concern," he said.

Seitz expects the bill to move quickly.

 

 

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