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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "Red light camera"

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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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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Dayton’s Red Light & Speed Cameras: Where Are They?

In 2003, the City of Dayton installed its first "SafeLight" public safety photo enforcement cameras to help reduce accidents at key intersections in the City by detecting vehicles running red lights.  Today, 20 red light cameras are in use at 10 intersections. Locations with SafeLight (Red Light) Public Safety Cameras:S. Smithville Rd. @ Patterson Rd. W. Third St. @ Edwin C. Moses Blvd. Troy St. @ Stanley Ave. Stanley Ave. @ Valley St. Third St. @ James H. McGee Blvd. Gettysburg Ave. @ Cornell Dr. Main St. @ Hillcrest Ave. US 35 @ Abbey Ave. Salem Ave. @ North Ave. Salem Ave. @ Hillcrest Ave.Locations with Speed Enforcement Public Safety Cameras:S....

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They Are Listening To Us – Act Now!

Last Friday I received a call from State Representative Rick Perales regarding the pending bill regarding red-light/speed cameras now before the Ohio legislature.  Representative Perales is a freshman Representative elected to Ohio's 73rd District which includes Greene County.  I cannot say how much I was impressed with his grasp of the issue and his acknowledgement of the  myriad problems raised by allowing these cameras to ticket people without due process protections.  Though not a lawyer by training, he is fully aware of all of the legal concerns at the heart of this issue and acknowledged the arguments that opponents of...

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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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Supreme Court Ruling Bad for Red-Light Cameras

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="180" caption="Image via Wikipedia"][/caption]Red light camera and speed camera manufacturers fear that last month's US Supreme Court ruling in the case Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts could create legal turmoil for the industry. The National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running issued a statement yesterday warning that the ruling has armed motorists with a greater ability to challenge the basis of automated traffic citations. Speed cameras, for example, depend heavily on legal faith in a certificate that claims to confirm the total reliability of a machine's speed reading. In the Melendez-Diaz case, the high court ruled that merely producing...

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Ohio Amongst Worst States for Motorists

Source: National Motorists Association (www.motorists.com)With the first major driving holiday of the summer season approaching, we have analyzed the laws across the country to determine the best and the worst states when it comes to exploiting the motoring public.  These state rankings were calculated using seventeen criteria related to specific traffic laws, enforcement practices, and the treatment of traffic ticket defendants. The rankings are designed to provide guidance to travelers who do not want their vacation ruined by speed traps, arcane laws or “kangaroo” traffic courts.The state most likely to find its way into your wallet is New Jersey. With...

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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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Ohio Supreme Court Allows Speed and Red-Light Cameras

Ohio Supreme Court Saves Speed Cameras Text of an Ohio Supreme Court ruling granting cities the authority to install speed and red light cameras without legislative authorization.The Ohio Supreme Court today issued a ruling upholding the right of municipalities to create new "civil penalties" for crimes already covered by criminal statutes. The long-awaited ruling gives the green light for Ohio cities to expand speed camera and red light camera camera programs, an authority which the state legislature had specifically declined to grant."Home rule jurisprudence has become confused over the years because different theories have been used to determine when an ordinance...

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