Traffic Camera Speeding Citations Trigger Federal Lawsuit

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NEW RICHMOND, Ohio (AP) – Motorists cited for speeding have filed a federal lawsuit against a southern Ohio village for using traffic cameras.

The lawsuit in U.S. district court in Cincinnati alleges that New Richmond officials installed two fixed cameras on U.S. 52 without receiving required permission from the state Department of Transportation.

Four motorists who received notices of $85 speeding citations are seeking punitive damages, and their attorneys are asking that the case be certified as a class action. The village’s California-based vendor also is named.

The village installed the cameras this spring, issued warnings in May, and citations in June. The village says it has halted camera use pending developments in a lawsuit by the City of Toledo against state-imposed camera restrictions.

Traffic camera enforcement has been litigated in municipalities across Ohio.