Cleveland continues traffic cameras and hearings

City officials announced Wednesday their traffic camera program will continue.

After a lawsuit, an appeals court ruled the traffic cameras unconstitutional and Cleveland temporarily suspended the hearings process, but kept the lights flashing.

The city says the court questioned the constitutionality of the appeals process, but does not bar the City from operating traffic cameras and continuing with the appeals process at the clerk's office.

Attorney Andy Mayle represents the driver whose lawsuit was the basis for the ruling. He says they are not finished fighting.

"If the ordinance is unconstitutional, which we now know it is, there should be a refund because wherever there's a wrong, there should be a remedy. It's kind of like telling a thief, don't steal, but if you do, you can keep the money.  Well, what's a thief going to do?  He's going to steal because he knows he can keep the money," said Mayle.

City of Cleveland Officials plan on evaluating its appeal process to determine whether a different approach will address the concerns of the court and they say drivers who want to appeal their tickets will have a hearing.

If you receive a violation notice through the traffic camera program and do not wish to appeal, follow the instructions on the notice of violation for making payment.

If you were previously notified that your scheduled hearing had been delayed, you will receive notification of a new hearing date.

If you had received a notice of a camera enforced violation and had a deadline for timely responding to the violation notice between January 23 and Feb. 12, you may file an appeal within 21 calendar days of this announcement.

All appeals will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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