Judge orders Ohio village’s speed cameras seized, fines reimbursed

CINCINNATI – A judge on Thursday found a southwest Ohio village in contempt of court, saying it violated his order against using traffic cameras to catch speeders.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman also ordered the sheriff’s department to confiscate the cameras in Elmwood Place.

He ordered the village and its camera vendor to reimburse all speeding fines collected since his March 7 ruling, knocking down a village ordinance that allowed the camera use, starting last September.
“Any money collected after my ruling is to be returned,” Judge Ruehlman said.

To make sure the equipment doesn’t run anymore in the meantime, he said, it will be seized and the village will have to pay any costs for it being taken down and stored. His written order also said the village was liable for the plaintiffs’ legal fees, to be tallied.

The cameras were taken down by Thursday night, said Holly Calhoun, who manages the Elmwood Quick Mart and had advocated for their removal.

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