Elmwood Place Village Police Chief William Peskin sat down exclusively with FOX19 to talk about the village's controversial speed camera program. He argues the survey before the cameras were enforcedMore >
Elmwood Place Village Police Chief William Peskin sat down exclusively with FOX19 to talk about the village's controversial speed camera program.More >
Thursday, January 24 2013 8:06 PM EST2013-01-25 01:06:50 GMT
Judge Robert Ruehlman is expected to issue a decision Thursday on the Motion for Preliminary Injunction on the use of speed cameras in Elmwood Place. The hearing will take place on Thursday at 2 p.m.More >
Judge Robert Ruehlman says he will not make a decision on Thursday regarding a Motion for Preliminary Injunction on the use of speed cameras in Elmwood Place.More >
Wednesday, January 9 2013 6:40 AM EST2013-01-09 11:40:51 GMT
The fight over the Elmwood Place speed cameras will go back to the courtroom on Wednesday. Attorney Mike Allen is suing the village and trying to block its use of the cameras, stating that they are notMore >
The fight over the Elmwood Place speed cameras will go back to the courtroom on Wednesday.More >
Wednesday, December 12 2012 9:48 PM EST2012-12-13 02:48:04 GMT
For months, we have told you about the controversy over speed cameras in the village of Elmwood Place. In just a matter of months, $470,000 dollars in speeding tickets were mailed to drivers. WhileMore >
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Thursday, December 6 2012 6:13 AM EST2012-12-06 11:13:39 GMT
"These cameras are just affecting revenue all over this town." That is according to Holly Calhoun who manages the Elmwood Place Quick Mart. She says business has dropped because people are afraid ofMore >
Business in Elmwood Place has dropped because people are afraid of getting speeding tickets while driving through the village.More >
Tuesday, November 13 2012 11:23 PM EST2012-11-14 04:23:12 GMT
Residents of Elmwood Place showed up for a council meeting Tuesday night to talk about two things; the speed trap cameras and whether the mayor should resign. The issue of the robotic cameras clockingMore >
Residents of Elmwood Place showed up for a council meeting Tuesday night to talk about two things; the speed trap cameras and whether the mayor should resign. More >
Saturday, October 6 2012 9:33 PM EDT2012-10-07 01:33:42 GMT
Some angry citizens protested speed cameras in their community on Saturday. A group of citizens gathered near one of the cameras off of I-75 Saturday afternoon to protest controversial speed cameras inMore >
Some angry citizens protested speed cameras in their community on Saturday.More >
Wednesday, October 3 2012 7:57 PM EDT2012-10-03 23:57:10 GMT
The Village of Elmwood Place launched an Automated Speed Enforcement Program on Sept. 1. One automated speed enforcement unit, or speed camera, was placed in a school zone and the other was placed inMore >
The Village of Elmwood Place launched an Automated Speed Enforcement Program on Sept. 1.More >
ELMWOOD PLACE, OH (FOX19) -
A Hamilton County judge's decision to allow a permanent injunction on controversial speed cameras in Elmwood Place is garnering national attention.
"We've heard from news outlets all over the country as well as citizens," attorney Mike Allen told FOX19. "I think what this is going to do start a brush fire of lawsuits just like this from other citizens and other lawyers that are willing to take it on."
Judge Robert Ruehlman issued a permanent injunction against the cameras on Thursday.
Allen filed the lawsuit on behalf of drivers cited by the Village of Elmwood Place, demanding that the cameras be taken down. He has called the cameras a violation to drivers' constitutional rights.
"People do not like these speed cameras. They're not fair, they don't give you an adequate chance to contest them," he said Friday.
The plaintiffs in the case claimed the people and businesses in Elmwood Place had suffered damage as a result of the speed cameras. They claimed that businesses had lost customers and churches have lost members because people were afraid to get a ticket while visiting the village.
The judge ruled that the ticket policy fails to give people a chance for due process. In his decision, the judge goes on to state that the optional $25 hearings are "nothing more than a sham."
In the strongly worded opinion, the judge states that "Elmwood Place is engaged in nothing more than a high-tech game of 3 CARD MONTY. It is a scam that the motorists can't win."
Elmwood Place police Chief William Peskin says they don't agree with the ruling and plan to appeal.
The cameras have been at the center of controversy since being installed in September of last year. The cameras have caused thousands of citations to be issued at a cost of $105 a piece.
Peskin says refunds will not be given to drivers who previously received tickets due to the cameras and says drivers who have received tickets and have yet to pay will still be required to make payment as the law was in effect until Thursday afternoon.
Mike Allen says the ruling does not discuss payment but says that is something he is investigating.
"We're conducting legal research to see if that's a viable option," Allen said.
Allen recognizes the case is only at the beginning stages, saying he had anticipated an appeal.
FOX19 reached out to Optotraffic, the company who owns and runs the speed-detecting equipment. A spokesperson for the company says they will stand behind the village as it appeals the judge's ruling.
Refunds will not be given to drivers who previously received tickets due to the cameras. Drivers who have received tickets and have yet to pay will still be required to make payment as the law was in effect until Thursday afternoon.
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