Speeders want $3M back from Ohio village’s traffic cameras

The village's attorney says the judge shouldn't hold the village responsible for money it didn't receive

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)

NEW MIAMI, Ohio (AP) – Drivers cited because of speed cameras want a southwest Ohio village to pay back more than $3 million in collected fines after a judge found the cameras unconstitutional.

New Miami issued nearly 45,000 citations through 15 months of using the cameras between 2012 and 2014. The village collected about $1.8 million from the fines, and the traffic company that ran the program was paid $1.2 million, or 40 percent of the total collected.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports the motorists’ attorneys are asking a judge to have the village pay the total, not just the portion of the fines it kept.

The village’s attorney says the judge shouldn’t hold the village responsible for money it didn’t receive. He says they’re taking the case back to the state Supreme Court.

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