( Cincinnati ) ** Update 3-7-13, 4:30pm ** Judge Robert Ruehlman has ruled that Elmwood Place's "Automated Speed Enforcement Program" must be stopped. In his ruling, Judge Ruehlman states that the program is a "scam" and violates a person's right to due process and could even lead to spouses testifying against each other, in violation of other laws.
Attorney Mike Allen filed for the injunction after numerous motorists received citations of $105. Many were dismissed, but Judge Ruehlman estimates the village could have made up to $4 million a year.
A Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge is set to rule today on whether red light cameras in Elmwood Place are unconstitutional. Attorney Mike Allen is representing several people who received tickets that say the cameras are not about safety, but about making money.
In the six months that the cameras have been in place, thousands of tickets have been issued, generating $1.5 million in fines. The amount of citations and fines has also prompted State Rep Ron Maag of Lebanon to ban the cameras at the state level.