CINCINNATI — People suing a Cincinnati-area village over speeding tickets generated by a camera system want a judge to rule in their favor without trial, pointing out that he has already compared the camera enforcement to a con game.
Their motion for summary judgment was filed Tuesday with Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman. The judge ruled recently that the original 2012 lawsuit can be expanded to all drivers who paid speeding tickets received over the six months before he ordered a halt to Elmwood Place's camera enforcement in March.
The motion states that the facts of the case are clearly on the plaintiffs' side. It notes that Ruehlman already has said that the village's speed camera system was like a high-tech version of a con artist card game, describing it as "a scam the motorists can't win" in his March ruling that the village ordinance was invalid and unenforceable.
Ruehlman will hear arguments in the case Dec. 10.
Thousands of drivers are seeking refunds totaling of $1.76 million in fines and other charges under the class action lawsuit, which also seeks attorney fees besides a permanent injunction.
A message was left Wednesday for an attorney for Elmwood Place.
Attorney Mike Allen filed the lawsuit last year for about a dozen plaintiffs, including ticketed motorists and business owners who said the blitz of $105 speeding tickets was chasing away customers.
Other Ohio courts, including the state Supreme Court, have upheld use of traffic cameras, and their use has spread across the United States. Supporters say they stretch law enforcement resources to make communities safer. Opponents argue that governments are using them to raise revenues at the expense of motorists' rights such as due process.
The Elmwood Place case helped spur new lawsuits against camera enforcement in the nearby village of New Miami, and in the northern Ohio village of Lucas.
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