Judge Allows Refund of Traffic Camera Money

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NEW MIAMI, Ohio (AP) – A judge will allow an Ohio village 10 years to refund an estimated $3.2 million collected from drivers for speeding citations from automated camera.

New Miami’s automatic camera enforcement was ruled unconstitutional in 2014. A Butler County Judge later ruled the village must pay back about 33,000 drivers who paid fines under that system.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports the judge recently ruled to allow New Miami to pay the judgment plus interest over a 10-year period.

Police now use hand-held cameras under state law requiring an officer be present during camera enforcement.

New Miami’s outside counsel argued that refunding the drivers at one time would have a devastating impact on the village.