COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Supreme Court justices get to raise their own questions in the debate over traffic cameras.
Attorneys for motorists will challenge the cameras at the state’s high court Wednesday in Columbus as attorneys for the city of Toledo and a traffic camera vendor defend automated enforcement.
Civil liberties groups and nearly 30 Ohio legislators have sided with drivers in legal briefs. The Ohio Municipal League, several cities and other camera companies are supporting Toledo’s cameras.
A lawsuit claimed Toledo’s system bypasses the courts and violates drivers’ constitutional due-process rights. Advocates say cameras make Toledo and other communities safer.
Last week, the California Supreme Court rejected a challenge to red-light cameras. The Illinois Supreme Court recently heard arguments about traffic cameras, and Missouri’s high court has agreed to hear arguments.