On December 19, 2014 Governor John Kasich signed legislation setting regulations on the use of red light and speed enforcement cameras in the state of Ohio. Senate Bill 342, which goes into effect 90 days after the governor signed the legislation, requires a police officer to be present at camera locations as a witness to all red light and speed enforcement violations.
This law essentially places a ban on the way the cameras are presently being operated. Some cities, however, are considering litigation challenging the constitutionality of this new legislation. They contend that the law infringes upon a community’s ability to implement police powers under the Home Ruled Doctrine. The city of Toledo may be one of those communities involved in future litigation since the Supreme Court of Ohio recently affirmed the city’s use of its red light traffic program.
If you have any questions or comments regarding this new legislation, please feel free to contact the law offices of Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault and Schaffer at 419-843-2001.