In Ohio, new law likely to end use of speed, red-light cameras

In one of the last bills it passed in 2014, the Ohio General Assembly has placed new restrictions on local governments’ use of cameras to detect and enforce traffic violations. SB 342, signed into law in December, requires a police officer to be present at the location where a traffic camera is in operation. According to The Columbus Dispatch, this statutory change is expected to make the use of red-light and speed cameras financially infeasible for Ohio cities.
At least one state in the Midwest, Wisconsin, has an outright ban on the use of red-light and speed cameras, according to the Governors Highway Safety Administration. Last year, South Dakota legislators passed HB 1100, which prevents state and local governments from entering into a contract with a “private corporation” for the purpose of using red-light cameras.
Other Midwestern states do not have bans on traffic cameras. And in Illinois and Iowa, some local governments have adopted ordinances or programs to operate these devices. The use of these traffic cameras in an Iowa border town led the South Dakota Legislature last year to pass HB 1122, which restricts the state from sharing information with other states seeking to enforce civil penalties in traffic-camera cases.
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