A proposed statewide ban on most traffic enforcement cameras received bipartisan approval in the Ohio House last year, but the bill died in the Ohio Senate after attracting the attention of dozens of lobbyists working for camera supporters, Northeast Ohio Media Group has found. NEOMG examined the demise of the bill as part of its ongoing series “Follow the Money,” which in past installments has looked at whether campaign contributions from special interests influence how state lawmakers vote.
The speed enforcement camera stationed at the base of a Belt Parkway exit ramp near Ocean Parkway issued approximately 6,000 violations in just one day, earning the city about $300,000 in revenue. Locals expressed outrage at the placement, calling it a trap.
The state chapter of a national libertarian group, Campaign for Liberty, robocalled more than 1,000 households, encouraging residents to call two Common Council members to voice their displeasure at Albany “once again trying to extort its hard-working, already-taxed-enough citizens in order to satisfy its own greed.”
The next time you drive down the highway, the police may be aiming a new gun at you — one that can tell if you are texting while driving. The gun distinguishes the unique signal from sending and receiving texts from other background signals.
Some 6,150 speeding-ticket recipients are getting their cases dismissed because they may have been victims of police misconduct. Four Houston officers were found to have falsely reported each other as witnesses on tickets they wrote, investigators say. In some cases, one officer allegedly reported another as a witness—when the second cop was elsewhere writing up a ticket of his own.
The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered a Cleveland suburb to let voters have their say on a proposed ban on traffic cameras. Justices voted 6-0 Friday to require the city of Maple Heights to put the charter proposal on the November ballot. The city had contended it followed proper procedures by sending the measure through committee and giving it three readings.
Documents obtained under the California Public Records Act show that Redflex Traffic Systems paid for at least 250 meals worth $3,800 over a five-year period for more than a dozen deputies and CHP officers, possibly violating department policies. The meals, ranging from $4 to $27, were provided to sheriff’s employees and CHP officers involved with the red-light cameras in Sacramento.
Is it a performance plan, or a ticket quota system? A public information request revealed the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and Chesterfield Police are reviewing laws in other states on the matter.