Laura Bischoff in our Statehouse Bureau is reporting that the future of traffic cameras in Ohio is now in the hands of Gov. John Kasich.
The Ohio Senate voted 21-9 Thursday night to agree to minor changes the House made in a bill designed to quash the use of traffic cameras in cities across the state.
The bill would require local governments to station a police officer at any intersection where a red light camera is operating. This move would make the cameras useless and too expensive for most cities to operate.
Red light cameras, which were first used in Toledo 10 years ago, are now used in more than 250 locations across the state including Dayton, Springfield, Hamilton, Trotwood and several other local cities and towns.
Opponents of the cameras say cities are using them as cash cows and the process for fighting tickets denies motorists due process. Proponents of the cameras argue that they save lives and improve road safety for all.