Judge In Toledo Blocks New Ohio Law On Traffic Camera Use

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A northwest Ohio judge has blocked in Toledo a new state law sharply restricting use of traffic camera enforcement around the state.

The Blade newspaper of Toledo reports that Lucas County Judge Dean Mandros on Sunday granted the city’s request for a temporary injunction. Mandros says his ruling means the status quo remains for now after he found that the city has a high likelihood of success for prevailing on the constitutionality of its system.

Columbus, Akron, Dayton and Springfield have also sued to block the law scheduled to take effect Monday. Cities say the law requiring a police officer’s presence when photo enforcement is used will make traffic camera use impractical.

Toledo won an Ohio Supreme Court ruling in December upholding its camera enforcement system.