Traffic camera restrictions sent to Ohio governor

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A law enforcement officer would have to be present for tickets to be issued from traffic cameras under an Ohio bill headed to the governor.

The legislation would regulate the statewide use of the traffic-monitoring devices, though opponents say it’s tantamount to a ban. The Senate agreed Thursday night to changes made by the House.

Republican Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign the bill.

Traffic cameras surged in use but have faced increasing pushback, including legal challenges to their constitutionality and criticism they’re nothing more than moneymakers for cities. Voters in Cleveland and one of its suburbs were the latest to ban them in November.

Some police departments have expressed opposition, saying the cameras lead drivers to behave more responsibly and increase traffic safety.

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