Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Columbus Dispatch reports that southwestern Ohio Judge Robert Ruehlman has ordered a halt to a speeding-ticket blitz in a village that installed traffic cameras saying it’s “a scam” against motorists and blasting the cameras and the thousands of $105 citations that resulted. “Elmwood Place is engaged in nothing more than a high-tech game of 3-Card Monty,” Ruehlman wrote. “It is a scam that motorists can’t win.” The village began using the cameras in September, resulting in 6,600 speeding citations in the first month, triple the population of the village of 2,188. Optotraffic installed the Elmwood Place cameras and administered their use, in return for 40 percent of ticket revenue which quickly topped $1 million. But business owners and motorists struck back charging in a lawsuit that the cameras hurt the village's image and said they were put into use without following Ohio law for public notice on new ordinances. “This is the first time that a judge has said, ‘Enough is enough,'" said plaintiffs’ attorney, Mike Allen, called the ruling a victory for the common people. “I think this nationally is a turning point.”"
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