Ohio city back millions of collected fines from speed cameras have to pay, court rules


A small Ohio town, lived in by the camera the red light could die soon, after a Federal court to pay back the speed-trap to more than $3 million in automated tickets.

The case of the New Miami, the population is 2,321, highlights the controversy behind the tickets, which light-running motorists see red, but to help the budgets of cities and municipalities in the black. New Miami almost certainly be bankrupt not to go, when the Supreme court reversed a lower court ruling and save it with the refund tens of thousands of tickets for $180 per piece, plus interest.

“The village enacted this unconstitutional scheme primarily as a money-making venture,” Josh Engel, the lawyer for the plaintiffs in the New Miami case, told Fox News. “Rose was introduced to their spending significantly, according to the scheme, and it was basically used to increase in order to fill holes in your budget, which traditionally come from, the taxes.”

A screenshot of Google Maps shows traffic camera in New Miami, Ohio.

(Google Maps)

The case, the New Miami is seen by many motorists throughout the country – including many of the legislators and the lawyers as the epitome of the local authorities abuse their power need to fall by setting up radar and red-light cameras in an attempt to make the roads safer, but to line their coffers.

“As with most issues, there are elements of truth on both sides,” Bill Seitz, a Republican state representative from Ohio, told Fox News. “But many of these jurisdictions are using these tickets as a revenue improvements, the ticket people for minor offenses.”

Seitz is currently working to a law that would require the Ohio statehouse, cities will need to file all the traffic-camera cases in municipal court and would the removal of state funding to cities to the same amount cities can collect in traffic camera revenue.

The Ohio representative who was caught on camera running a red light in Columbus, added that in the years 2006 and 2014, lawmakers approved restrictions in on the photo enforcement cameras and the borders or bands that enjoy on the devices broad support in cities such as Cincinnati and Cleveland.

The current hostility is aimed at the cameras marked a shift in public opinion in the direction of the cameras.

Although it is difficult to locate, the national pulse, like most of the studies are carried out at a state and regional level, but it seems that there are a growing number of areas, begin to question whether the speed-camera programs are effective or even constitutional.

Seven States are currently considering banning legislation, red light and speed cameras amid concerns that they are ripe for abuse, and the IIHS study found that the number of red-light cameras decreased in the United States to 467 in the year 2015 its peak of 553 in the year of 2012.

“It is really a money-making venture,” Israel Klein, a lawyer in New York City, told Fox News. “They are raking in the dollars-and this is an extreme abuse of power.”

Klein, earlier this year, a collection filed a lawsuit against the city that argued that speed camera tickets are invalid and violate New York state law, the city failed to file all necessary documents with the court before you delete yourself from a private contractor to the photo ticket in the mail. New York City in 2018 the budget of 119 million in photo enforcement to pull included in $of fines.

“City officials don’t care about the law, as long as they make money,” Klein added.

The proponents of the cameras argue, however, that they are clearly the number of accidents lower on the road, as the two of you and go through red lights, two of the biggest causes of car accidents in the country are accelerating, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Cars approach an intersection where a red light camera in Chicago, Illinois, 9. February 2015.

(REUTERS/Jim Young)

The recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that almost 1,300 lives were saved by 2014 in 79 major U.S. cities that installed red-light cameras, and in a study of a county in Maryland, radar cameras installed on local roads fatal or battle reduced incapable of injury by 39 percent.

“Red light running is one of the most important factors in crashes,” Russ Rader, a spokesman for the IIHS, told Fox News. “But [the crashes] are greatly reduced when cities red-light cameras.”

But a slew of recent corruption cases across the country with local government representatives and companies to sell the cameras is not going to help the image of them as a Moneymaker for the municipalities.

In Chicago, the camera manufacturer, Redflex to install a $120 million contract won in 2003, 384 cameras and collected more than $400 million in traffic fines. It was eventually revealed that Redflex installed bribed Chicago City hall manager John Bills with $2,000 for each camera, as well as giving him a vacation, a condo in Arizona, and Mercedes, among other favors.

Bills was finally shaken sentenced to 10 years in prison in a corruption scandal, that the city, while two Redflex higher-ups were sent to prison and the company was forced to pay $20 million to the city for the settlement of a lawsuit.

Redflex does not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Waiting In Ohio, New Miami, to see if the state decides, Supreme court, take a look at the plea – something that it filed only about seven percent of the cases annually. Angel, the plaintiff, a lawyer, says he believes that the state is the highest court is just another move by the village to delay your payments.

“The village is aware of the fact that the opportunities to listen to the Supreme court, the decision of this Problem is slim. So, why do you pursue this hail Mary?” Angel, said the Journal-News. “This is another delay tactic, to pay any further delay, the money back to the motorists in an unconstitutional scheme.”

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