December 19, 2014

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Ohio House to vote on banning red-light cameras

COLUMBUS — Ohio lawmakers are considering a measure that would bar local governments across the state from using cameras to determine whether motorists have run red lights or been speeding.

The Ohio House is expected to vote on the proposal today.

Proponents of the ban have said cameras have turned into cash generators for municipalities.

Those who want law enforcement to continue to monitor drivers using the cameras say the technology prevents accidents and saves lives.

Several leaders of law enforcement organizations testified before a committee that analyzed the bill Tuesday. They told legislators the revenue generated by the tickets is typically used by police departments to purchase equipment or hire more officers.

The Ohio Senate still would need to sign off on the measure if it is approved by the House.