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Republican Bill Seitz of Cincinnati has long crusaded against red light and speed cameras.

His bill to ban them outright passed the House and Senate in 2006 – only to be vetoed by Republican Gov. Bob Taft in his last days in office, with the reasoning that a statewide prohibition on the installation of those cameras by cities violated the principle of home rule.

The Ohio Supreme Court will hear a big case on the red light and speed cameras that some 15 Ohio communities are using.

The issue is not whether setting up cameras to catch red light runners and speeders is legal. It’s about whether requiring appeals of traffic camera citations to be heard by administrative hearing officers instead of in municipal court is legal. That is how most cities across the country deal with appeals of traffic camera tickets.

Cincinnati attorney Mike Allen, who first went after speed cameras in Elmwood Place, in now filing suit against the cities of West Carrollton and Trotwood, Ohio, on behalf of his clients.

The complaints alleges among other things:

"The Automated Red Light and Speeding system is invalid and unenforceable because it fails to provide adequate due process to vehicle owners as guaranteed by the Ohio Constitution."

Dayton is facing a lawsuit over traffic cameras. It's the third such suit filed by attorney Mike Allen who has battled the villages of Elmwood Place and New Miami.

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Hamilton County Judge Robert Ruehlman has ruled in favor of motorists who are suing Elmwood Place over its automated traffic speed cameras.

The decision, granting summary judgement, came Thursday and here are some of the highlights.

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Elmwood Place's speed cameras will soon be in possession of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department. Judge Robert Ruehlman ordered the cameras confiscated after ruling the village, and the company running them, Optotraffic, did not turn them off after he ordered them to and continued to issue tickets.

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Elmwood Place has received a second blow to its traffic enforcement cameras. A Hamilton County Judge ruled Tuesday the village cannot collect fines from any traffic violations the cameras recorded in the past.

Just last week Judge Robert Ruehlman said Elmwood Place had to stop using the cameras.

Police Chief William Peskin says the village will appeal. 

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Last week's decision by a Hamilton County judge ordering Elmwood Place to stop using its traffic enforcement cameras is giving new energy to a group of Ohio lawmakers who want a statewide ban, House Bill 69, on the devices.

Several state representatives at a news conference in Elmwood Place Monday said the cameras pose a couple of problems:

First there's the money grab argument. That's the position laid out by Democratic State Rep. Dale Mallory of Cincinnati.