Ohio House Bill 547 – Prohibit Certain Subdivisions from Photo-Monitoring Traffic Laws

Bill No.:
HB 547
Bill Location:
OhioAssembly / House
Bill Title:

Prohibit Certain Subdivisions from Photo-Monitoring Traffic Laws

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NMA Recommendation:

House Bill 547, pending in the House Transportation and Safety Committee, would prohibit a municipal corporation or township that does not operate either a fire department or an emergency medical services organization from using speed cameras. It is one of a series of related bills designed to make operating speed cameras in the state as difficult as possible.

The NMA is opposed to automated traffic enforcement, including speed cameras, for a number of reasons including:

  • Photo radar can generate false readings
  • This type of automated enforcement emphasizes ticket volume
  • There is no certifiable witness to the alleged violation
  • The driver of the vehicle is not positively identified by the camera which means, by default, the owner of the vehicle receives the ticket whether or not he/she was the driver at the time of the alleged violation
  • Speed cameras have not been shown to improve traffic safety

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