Taft: Red Light Cameras to Remain Up and Running

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Governor Bob Taft today vetoed a bill that placed restrictions on how cities can use high-tech traffic cameras to catch drivers who speed and run red lights.

The bill would have banned cities from using the cameras to ticket drivers who break traffic laws unless a police officer is present to witness the infraction.

Taft says he sees no reason why the state needs to pre-empt local control over local streets.

Camera programs have been in Columbus, Toledo, Springfield and Dayton.

Most cities use the technology for red-light enforcement, but Toledo and Cleveland use the cameras to nab speeders, generating millions of dollars in revenue for Cleveland.

Supports of the bill argued that the camera programs are high-tech traps and that state regulation was needed to set some standards and avoid an abuse of power.