Ohio appeals court approves class action in traffic camera case

Thousands of drivers were cited for speeding by automated cameras in Cincinnati

FILE - This Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 file photo, shows speed cameras aimed at U.S. Route 127 in New Miami, Ohio. The FBI is investigating possible bribery of public officials by a leading camera vendor, legislators are taking action to punish cities who still use them, and the state's high court is weighing another case brought by motorists.AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

CINCINNATI (AP) – A state appeals court has approved class action status for thousands of motorists fined for speeding in citations issued from automatic camera enforcement in a southwest Ohio village.

The ruling Monday by the 12th district appeals court allows attorneys for the drivers to ask a judge to order New Miami to pay back more than $1 million collected in the less than two years the cameras were operated. A Butler County judge ruled in 2014 that they violated motorists’ rights to due process and ordered them shut off.

An attorney for the village says he hasn’t had time to study the ruling and will need to discuss a potential appeal with village officials.

Meanwhile, New Miami police have begun using hand-held speeding cameras meant to comply with state legislation.

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