Ohio judge expected to rule on ticket refunds

DAN SEWELL Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A southwest Ohio judge is ready to rule on whether a Cincinnati area village should refund speeding tickets from traffic cameras he has called a scam.

Motorists want Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman (ROOHL'-muhn) to order Elmwood Place to pay back fines and fees totaling some $1.8 million. The village says there shouldn't be refunds for speeding violations and has appealed the judge's earlier rulings against cameras.

The judge has said he will rule sometime Thursday.

Ruehlman last year ordered the village to halt camera use, and he has approved class-action status for thousands of ticketed drivers. The village is appealing.

Several other lawsuits are pending in Ohio. Supporters say cameras stretch police resources and make communities safer. Foes say they are revenue-raisers that violate drivers' rights.