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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "photo enforcement"

Dayton Red Light Camera Program Is Illegal

Did you know that the Dayton Red Light Camera program is issuing tickets with a short yellow light, thereby making more money for the city?  The following article is from TheNewspaper.com (a great site) and sets forth the argument that the program fails to comply with the 2008 implementing law. Dayton, Ohio's red light cameras have generated more than $8 million over the past two years. Many of the $85 automated tickets are issued at intersections where the yellow signal warning times fall short of the minimum allowed under state law.In 2008, Governor Ted Strickland (D) signed House Bill 30 into law, requiring...

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OVI Checkpoints: The Reason To Get Rid Of Checkpoints & Cameras

The Reason to Get Rid of OVI Checkpoints & Cameras?  Glad You Asked. In his book Why People Obey The Law, legal scholar Tom Tyler argues that compliance with the law has less to do with deterrence (fear of penalty) than with the rational decision that complying with the law is in a person's self-interest.  More important to their compliance is the decision that following the law is the right thing to do.  Having the biggest impact on their perception of the law is the belief in the legitimacy of the authority.  "People who go to traffic court are less concerned...

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Red Light Cameras – Let Your Voice Be Heard To Ban Them Forever

The followers of Dayton DUI on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and loyal followers of this blog have listened to me complain about red-light cameras and speed cameras in Ohio for over three years.  I have urged you to contact your local representatives and to let your opposition be known.  We are now in the final push and our concerns are being heard!Ohio's 130th General Assembly has introduced House Bill 69, which would eliminate red light cameras and speed cameras throughout Ohio.  The proposal reads, in pertinent part, “No local authority or the state highway patrol, utilizing either its own employees, those...

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Where Are the Speed Cameras/Red-Light Cameras in Dayton?

This blog has documented the outrage caused by Dayton's adoption of speed and red-light cameras.  Today, in an article by former Montgomery County Common Pleas A.J. Wagner, the Dayton City Paper takes on the red-light and speed cameras.  As we have put forth here, the red-light and speed cameras are an affront to our presumption of innocence and a bald attempt at letting private companies make money by exploiting citizens.  The problems lie in the process.  "Once caught, a letter is mailed to the vehicle owner.  Violators are given 15 days to appeal, but never see a judge or a courtroom. About...

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Why MADD Should Oppose Red-Light and Speed Cameras

Why do we enforce laws?  Is it to deter crime and make our communities safer, or do we enforce laws to increase our city coffers?  This question is playing itself out throughout the United States as many cities are installing speed and red-light cameras.  Locally, the city of Springfield, Ohio has a long-standing photo enforcement program and Dayton is planning to install cameras in the downtown area.  Studies suggest that the cameras may actually increase collisions, but the revenue is hard to turn down.I recently came across an article from NOLA.com warning motorists of increased traffic stops in and around...

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South Carolina House Votes to Ban Photo-Radar

from, www.thenewspaper.comThe South Carolina House of Representatives voted Thursday to make the state's ban on photo radar explicit. In 2006, the office of the attorney general issued an opinion stating automated ticketing conflicted with state law, but Ridgeland officials decided to ignore the ruling and operate a speed camera van on Interstate 95. The town of 2500 wants to deploy cameras to ticket out-of-state drivers as they pass through the seven-mile stretch within the town's limits."We don't need anyone's approval to enforce the law in Ridgeland," Mayor Gary W Hodges wrote in response to a local newspaper article. "The Gazette/Packet...

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Freeway Photo Cameras Pass Ohio’s House of Representatives

Ohio state House votes to use speed cameras to mail near $300 tickets to freeway drivers.A deeply divided Ohio House of Representatives on Thursday passed sweeping legislation that would impose new penalties on motorists, including a statewide speed camera program. State Representative Peter S. Ujvagi (D-Toledo) inserted the controversial proposals into a "must pass" $7.6 billion transportation funding measure to avoid individual discussion of the merits of the many programs rolled into the 361-page bill. Only one Republican voted in favor of Ujvagi's plan, which passed by a margin of 53-45.The ...

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Ohio: Photo Enforcement Is Coming

[caption id="attachment_4889" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Ohio: Photo Enforcement is coming!"][/caption]The anger generated by Photo-enforcement is growing.  California residents have taken action against the robo-photo-cop by starting www.highwayrobbery.com.  Arizona's elected Treasurer has come out against the scheme as unconstitutional.  Also, my favorite organization, The National Motorists Association is sending out a mailing which aids citizens in determining if the cops are shortening the yellow light.  http://www.shortyellowlights.com/ According to the Texas Transportation Institute, when the yellow light timing is one second shorter than the bare minimum recommended amount, violations increase by 110% (view study).  Stay alert...

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