(Elmwood Place)--An upcoming ruling in a lawsuit against Elmwood Place's speed cameras will continue debate over use of the cameras in Ohio.
A least 20,000 tickets were issued, from September 2012 to March 2013. Drivers who received a ticket want Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman to order the Village to refund speeding fines and fees totaling at least $1.8 million.
The Village has appealed Ruehlmans earlier rulings against the cameras saying there should not be refunds for speeding violations. At least 6,600 tickets went out in the first month that the cameras were in use, triple the Village's population.
Last year Ruehlman ordered the Village to stop using the cameras, comparing the automated system to a rigged card game.
A class-action status for ticketed drivers, was also approved, up to 10,000 drivers who paid the $105 tickets are included in the suit. A ruling is expected on Jan. 23.
Last June, the Ohio House passed a bill making speed cameras and red-light cameras illegal, except in school zones.
The bill, sponsored by Dale Mallory (D-Cincinnati) and Ron Maag (R-Lebanon), was referred to the Senate committee on State Government Oversight and Reform. Currently Columbus, Cleveland, Akron and Toledo, collect millions from traffic cameras.