The Ohio House of Representatives has passed a bill that would change how tickets issued via automated speed cameras are handled.
It would also withhold state money from cities that use automated speed cameras to issue tickets.
House Bill 410, which was passed by the House last week, would move traffic violations to municipal courts instead of before a Mayor’s Court or hearing officer.
Representative Jack Cera supports the bill.
He said he realizes communities want these camera for safety reasons, but safety concerns should be addressed in other ways.
Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) said, “Too often they’ve become money-makers and turn our roads into speed traps. I think that we need to look at ways to help our local governments and then deal with the safety issue in another way.”
Cera said he believes if local government was properly supported, communities would not look to speed cameras and traffic citations for funding.
The bill will now go to the Ohio Senate for a vote.