Timothy Epp/iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — The Supreme Court of Ohio on Thursday upheld the city of Toledo’s automated traffic camera system used to catch drivers who run red lights or commit speeding violations.
According to the court documents, the court heard arguments from an Ohio man who claimed that the policy “usurps the jurisdiction of the municipal court, is unconstitutionally vague and violates due process.” The crux of the complaint is that the appeal process through which a motorist would have to go if they were to contest a camera-issued ticket is established by the Toledo Police Department.
The state supreme court says that the Toledo law “does not offend…the Ohio Constitution” and that cities are within their rights to establish automated ticketing systems.
Three justices wrote a dissenting opinion, arguing that the city council did not have the power to limit a municipal court’s jurisdiction, as they believe the Toledo system does.
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