House approves traffic camera ban

Lawmakers in the Ohio House have approved a measure that would bar local governments across the state from using cameras to determine whether motorists have run red lights or been speeding.

Members of the House voted 61-32 on Wednesday to move the measure to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

Rep. Ron Maag is the sponsor of the proposal. The Lebanon Republican says the main goal of the cameras is not to increase public safety but to generate revenue for local governments.

Those who want law enforcement to continue monitoring drivers using the cameras say the technology prevents accidents and saves lives.

The bill includes an exemption for school zones. Cameras would be allowed to operate during school recess, opening and closing hours provided that a police officer is present.

The Ohio Senate will still need to sign off on the measure.

Just last week, city officials in Youngstown announced 10 cameras will installed in school zones throughout the city.

Redflex Traffic Systems of Pheonix is installing the cameras.

The cameras will be in operation for the start of the school year this fall.

Fines will range from $100 for up to $13 miles per hour over the speed limit, $125 dollars for 14 to 19 miles per hour over, and $150 for 20 miles per hour over and beyond.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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