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Ohio Bill to Ban Traffic Cameras Moves to House
COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Ken Hines) -- Legislation that would ban the use of traffic cameras in Ohio is moving from a committee to the full state House of Representatives.
Ohio House Bill 69 would prohibit the use of more than 200 cameras that are used to bust drivers who speed and run red lights across the state. Some U.S. judges have ruled the cameras are an invasion of privacy.
The bill's co-sponsor, Rep. Dale Mallory (D-Cincinnati), said the cameras' main function is bring in money from tickets, not to increase public safety on Ohio's roads.
"If it wasn't about money, if it was just about safety, where are cameras in neighborhoods in crime spots," Mallory said.
Law enforcement groups, including the State Fraternal Order of Police and Columbus Department of Public Safety, said multiple studies show the technology works.
Columbus city officials report a 74 percent reduction in crashes at photo equipped intersections.
Governor John Kasich has not yet publicly voiced his feelings about the bill.