OH Legislators, liberties groups oppose cameras

DAN SEWELL Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Nearly 30 Ohio legislators and two civil liberties groups are backing a motorist's challenge to traffic cameras that's going before the Ohio Supreme Court.

Among the lawmakers are state Reps. Dale Mallory, D-Cincinnati, and Ron Maag, R-Lebanon, who are pushing legislation to ban or sharply restrict camera use in the state.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law are among groups that filed legal briefs this week urging the state's high court to uphold a lower-court ruling in favor of a motorist who said the city of Toledo usurped the judicial system and violated his constitutional rights to due process.

Supporters say cameras stretch police resources and make communities safer. Opponents charge that they violate rights and are meant mainly to raise revenue.