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Allen targets West Carrollton and Trotwood cameras

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."

Read the lawsuit against Trotwood and Redflex Traffic Systems #1 and here #2.

Read the lawsuit against West Carrollton and Redflex #1 and here #2

The allegations in these cases are similar to ones filed against the City of Dayton in March and pending before Judge Michael Krumholtz.

It could be the end of the year before motorists will see relief from Elmwood Place

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

The decision granted summary judgement. Here are some of the highlights.

  • The Elmwood Place ordinance allowing the cameras did not include the times when and the places where it was posted or if it was posted for 15 days before it took effect.
  • The ordinance is invalid because it improperly strips the Hamilton County Municipal Court of the authority to adjudicate violations of the ordinance.
  • Plaintiffs are entitled to equitable restitution of all amounts paid to Elmwood Place.
  • Plaintiff Class would be entitled to equitable restitution in the amount of $1.7 million plus any additional amounts the company that owns the cameras, Optotraffic, charged as convenience fees for online payments.

Elmwood Place started the Automated Speed Enforcement Program on September 1, 2012. Since then, court documents show, the village issued thousands of tickets. The fine for speeding is $105 and there's a $25 fee if you request an administrative hearing. Over a six month period, Elmwood Place is capable of collecting more than $2 million.
Allen also filed a traffic camera suit against the Village of New Miami on behalf of clients.

Ann Thompson has years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology