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Red-light Camera Officer Requirement Clears Senate

Advocates say cameras increase safety.
Nicholas Eckhart
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A police officer's presence would be required for tickets to be issued from red-light cameras around Ohio under a bill that's cleared the Ohio Senate.

The officer requirement was among new statewide restrictions placed on the traffic-monitoring devices in legislation approved Wednesday in a bipartisan 24-9 vote. It goes next to the Ohio House.

Republican Senator Bill Seitz, of Cincinnati said the bill addresses legal issues surrounding the use of cameras.

After a surge in use, red-light cameras have faced increasing pushback, including legal challenges to their constitutionality and criticism they are nothing more than money-makers for cities.

Passage of the bill into law could make it financially impossible for some cities to continue their traffic camera programs.