Ohio House passes bill to withhold money raised by traffic cameras
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A bill just passed by the Ohio House would withhold money cities raise through their traffic cameras.
House Bill 410 would use the money raised by traffic cameras and put it in a another fund for ODOT, “We are using our unquestionable power over the state budget to reallocate money to a state-run fund for road safety that was being expended for the benefit of those jurisdictions that rely on photo-enforcement revenues," said Rep. Bill Seitz (R), Cincinnati.
In addition to withholding the money, the bill would also make it possible for people who receive tickets from traffic cameras to take the ticket in front of a judge. Right now, people who get tickets from the traffic cameras go through a city-run administrative hearing process to contest a ticket. The hearing is not through a court or in front of a judge. "If a camera records a driving infraction, the driver deserves to be treated the same as if they had received any other traffic ticket," Seitz said.
The bill is now on its way to the Ohio Senate.