In addition to the battle that is being waged politically in the Ohio House and Senate against red light camera law enforcement in the state of Ohio, the courts are now getting involved. The use of red light cameras as a law enforcement device has been crippled by recent court rulings in Lucas, Butler and Hamilton counties. In Walker vs. the City of Toledo, Court of Appeals No. L-R-1056, the court held that the City of Toledo’s red light enforcement law “divests the municipal court” of its ability to enforce the law and violates a motorist’s due process rights by leaving him with limited ability to contest traffic citations. Similarly, in a recent Butler county case, the court noted that administrative systems, like the red light traffic enforcement program, make it difficult to challenge red light camera tickets leaving great concerns about due process.
The City of Toledo case has been appealed to the Supreme Court of Ohio, where a definitive answer on the future of red light cameras will be given later this year. If you have any questions or comments about Ohio’s red light traffic enforcement law, please feel free to contact the law office of Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer at (419) 843-2001.