Speed Cameras Ruled Unconstitutional, City Has to Pay Back Ticketed Drivers

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A court ruling declared speed cameras or at least the process they engender is unconstitutional and the city that put them in must repay all tickets, according to Fox News. Speed light cameras are what you might see in a police state. They also take away due process. The court agreed.

The case was complicated and the decision was based on several court cases. The judge agreed with plaintiffs that it was unjust enrichment.

The cameras were put in by despots and a company made money from the practice.

Optotraffic, the private vendor that handled the paperwork, made more than a million dollars off 45,000 people over 15 months. The city wasted over $100,000 defending the cameras when citizens fought back with a class action lawsuit.

A group of three lawyers filed suit in 2013, arguing that New Miami’s automated ticketing ordinance gave vehicle owners no realistic opportunity to defend themselves against the demand for a payment of up to $180 that arrived in the mail.

The city must pay back $3,066,523.00 to people who were ticketed. Butler County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael A. Oster Jr.’s made the ruling.

“If the government has created an unconstitutional law/ordinance that has taken people’s money without affording them the necessary due process protections, should not justice demand, and the law require, restitution of that money to the people?” Oster asked at the opening of his ruling. “Once the complexities of the law are analyzed, the answer is simple: Yes.”

Speed cameras have nothing to do with safety. It was to make money and it’s theft. They are the modern day highway robbers.

The Ohio Supreme Court chose to not intervene because it’s so obviously true that it’s unconstitutional.

The New Miami officials tried to claim sovereign immunity but the fact that they violated citizens’ constitutional rights, the court would not grant immunity.

This ruling set by the court sets precedent and is good news for Americans all across America.

As a sidenote, many of the cameras are giving tickets to people who turn on a red without stopping for three seconds. The law says you have to stop, not stop for three seconds.

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Don
Don
5 years ago

I wonder what the ruling would be on cameras that are set up to ticket drivers who run red lights. How about speed cameras set up in school zones?

Gary Iorio
Gary Iorio
5 years ago
Reply to  Don

Speed cameras set up in Nassau County NY school zones were removed because it was found to be unconstitutional and the company running the cameras made millions. Not sure if they had to pay back the people who were ticketed.

Jacque
Jacque
5 years ago
Reply to  Gary Iorio

Still waiting for my money that Nassau robbed me out of, I knew it was unconstitutional

jimbritttn
jimbritttn
5 years ago
Reply to  Jacque

If they are unconstitutional so are cameras in banks, Walmart, and other businesses. They can no longer use those photos or videos as evidence.

rca3579
rca3579
5 years ago
Reply to  jimbritttn

@jimbritttn The difference between using speed cameras to automatically send tickets and using video camera tape as evidence is that one has the chance to dispute tape evidence before being convicted of the related charge, but as with speed camera tickets one does not. That is why speed cameras that issue tickets were ruled unconstitutional.

Moon Shine
Moon Shine
5 years ago

Would be the same. All about Due Process and there is none with a camera

jimbritttn
jimbritttn
5 years ago
Reply to  Moon Shine

you can go to court and argue against the camera’s PROOF

J Pavlik
J Pavlik
5 years ago

I believe that this was set up to make MONEY. THIS has less to do with safety than making money . If it’s safety that is paramount then MORE police officers should be stationed at a corner not a camera.speed limits should be lowered . In Chicago the timing on lights and cameras were rigged so the light went to from green to red much quicker and if you are doing the speed limit and the light changes from green to yellow ( caution) you still had several seconds to make it through the light all the way but after some rigging it made it impossible to make it through the light .

Peter Carey
Peter Carey
5 years ago
Reply to  J Pavlik

The yellow light is a caution warning to slow down not speed up to “make” the light.lol

Clover-Leaf
Clover-Leaf
2 years ago
Reply to  Peter Carey

The instructor in my Drivers Ed class always stressed that the yellow light does not mean to slow down, but to clear the intersection, That’s the law here, I don’t know about your state or the state of the OP.

Deanna yoskovich
Deanna yoskovich
5 years ago

How do I get my money back

LaLa
LaLa
5 years ago

Wow How do I retain info on getting my money returned??