UPDATE: WVXU received an email from Optotraffic saying "Elmwood Place and Optotraffic vigorously dispute the charge (that they violated the judge's order) and are anxious to present evidence to that effect."
Three very tall cameras, confiscated from the Village of Elmwood Place, are being stored at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Patrol Division. Three local lawmakers visited the cameras Wednesday to get a closer look and reiterate their opposition.
Elmwood Place's speed cameras will soon be in possession of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department. Judge Robert Ruehlman ordered the cameras confiscated after ruling the village, and the company running them, Optotraffic, did not turn them off after he ordered them to and continued to issue tickets.
Hamilton County Judge Robert Ruehlman will remain on the case in a lawsuit against Elmwood Place over use of its traffic cameras. Attorney for the village Judd Uhl claimed the judge's words and actions "convey the impression that the judge has developed a hostile feeling or spirit of ill will..."
Elmwood Place has received a second blow to its traffic enforcement cameras. A Hamilton County Judge ruled Tuesday the village cannot collect fines from any traffic violations the cameras recorded in the past.
Just last week Judge Robert Ruehlman said Elmwood Place had to stop using the cameras.
Police Chief William Peskin says the village will appeal.
Last week's decision by a Hamilton County judge ordering Elmwood Place to stop using its traffic enforcement cameras is giving new energy to a group of Ohio lawmakers who want a statewide ban, House Bill 69, on the devices.
Several state representatives at a news conference in Elmwood Place Monday said the cameras pose a couple of problems:
First there's themoney grab argument. That's the position laid out by Democratic State Rep. Dale Mallory of Cincinnati.