NEWBURGH HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - So you got a speeding ticket in the mail. Since you were never pulled over the first thing you probably do is try to remember if you were at the
spot the ticket says you were.
What are your options?
To a person, lawyers we talked to at the Justice Center including notorious speed trap Linndale's law director told us if you question the ticket, request a hearing. While at a hearing you can make the prosecutor prove to you that the camera is working properly. However if you weren't driving and it's your car you are still responsible. And don't agree to testify unless you are prepared to tell the truth.
Attorney John Luskin has issues with having hearings rather than going to court saying, "If it's a safety concern we have traffic laws that need
to be enforced and these traffic laws give people the right to access court. They leave out the courts and the thing we call due process."
Soon we could all get some help, limits on Dragon camera ticketing. It comes from the state legislature. The current law regulating traffic cameras
only applies to ones that are at a fixed location or mobile ones that are on trailers, it has no effect on Dragon cameras.
Before it adjourns for the summer the legislature will consider several approaches to limit the use of Dragon cams.
One is population based, in effect a per capita limit. A municipality could write only two tickets for each of its residents. In Newburgh Heights that would be 4400 tickets. In Linndale, where a stationary, officer monitored camera is used it would be less than 400 tickets. Far below what it currently writes.
A second proposal would limit the percentage of a municipal budget that could come from traffic violations, possibly to 20%. In the past as much
as 80% of Linndale's budget came from speeding violations.
State Senator Tom Patton co-sponsored the stationary camera law, he supports an effort to control Dragon cams and will work toward it saying, "If
the only way they can stay open, their police department is by revenue tricks are they really serving the people."
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