Important Case Can Set Precedent to End Speed and Red Light Cameras


Big Brother speed camera

A number of states and locales use red light and speed cameras. Supporters say they aid law enforcement, improve safety, and bring in revenue. The critical voices, however, are growing and they say they invade privacy, administer backdoor tax increases, fill the pockets of for-profit companies and cause accidents in some cases.

As a result, states and locales have very different ordinances regarding these cameras. There is an excel file of laws for speed and red light cameras by state at the end of the article.

An important speed camera case in a small Ohio hamlet found the speed camera law unconstitutional because it had taken the peoples’ money without due process. It can be used in other lawsuits against speed and red light camera cases.

The little village of New Miami is one square mile with a population of about 2200 people. It was the primary location of the speed cameras.

A judge ordered restitution to ticketed drivers following a 2014 ruling determining they were deprived of due process.

There was an unjust enrichment claim. The cameras were responsible for 45,000 tickets in 15 months.

The cameras enrage some people throughout the country. Many people see them as a scheme to fill the coffers of politicians and the crony corporations that install and manage the cameras.

Major cities including Chicago and Los Angeles have said they would scale back traffic camera programs, and some states, including Ohio, have now prohibited automatic traffic cameras entirely.

Some surveys appear to show that red-light cameras have increased safety in collisions caused by running red lights by 25% but rear-end collisions were up.

Download the laws by state: Speed Cameras on Scribd

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