State Court Rejects Springfield Challenge To Red Light Camera Law

Mar 2, 2016

A state appellate court has rejected the city of Springfield's challenge to restrictions on traffic camera enforcement that include requiring a police officer to be present.

Springfield is among several cities challenging the law passed by legislators that took effect last year. The challengers claim it violates cities' authority to enforce local traffic laws. The city has now lost rulings in Clark County and the 2nd District Court of Appeals in Dayton.

City officials say they plan to appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court, and could join with Dayton in that nearby city's appeal to Ohio's highest court.

The state Supreme Court has twice upheld municipalities' authority to use automated camera enforcement. Some communities work around the new restrictions by equipping officers with hand-held cameras.