ELMWOOD PLACE, Ohio (AP) -- An attorney challenging the use of traffic speed cameras says a southwest Ohio village has reaped some $700,000 from tickets.
Attorney Mike Allen says the speed cameras are "nothing more than a money grab." He wants a Hamilton County judge to shut down the system in Elmwood Place, near Cincinnati.
Using traffic cameras for enforcement has been upheld in Ohio courts. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/XR0ie4 ) that Allen is challenging the way the cameras were put into use last year, saying people's due process was violated by insufficient notice and signage.
Business owners and a church pastor have said the speeding ticket blitz is deterring people from coming to the village. Police and others say it has made the village safer.
Closing arguments in the lawsuit are scheduled Jan. 24.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com