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.