Ohio Lawmaker Introduces Bills to Limit Traffic Cameras

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio lawmaker has proposed legislation to limit small communities’ use of traffic cameras, including the number of tickets issued and revenue raised from them. reports state Sen. Tom Patton says that the cameras have been used as a cash grab and that issuing the delayed tickets doesn’t prompt safer driving.

Bills introduced by the Strongsville Republican would bar a community from raising more than 30 percent of its annual revenue from issuing camera tickets and restrict how many tickets it could give. The legislation would block traffic camera use by communities that have 200 or fewer residents or don’t have fire departments or emergency medical services agencies.

The proposed restrictions could significantly affect smaller communities but wouldn’t have much impact on larger ones.