Ohio legislation would remove revenue motive from cities contemplating red light cameras

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(From The American Spectator)

For cities seeking money, red light cameras appear to be an attractive option. In exchange for letting camera businesses keep some of the ticket fines, cities get a source of revenue without needing to have officers watching intersections. The only problem: there is very little evidence that suggests that red light cameras are making intersections any safer. And yet municipalities continue to push ahead, seeking revenue-generators that are not (technically) taxes. To remedy this, legislators in the Ohio House of Representatives haveĀ passed legislation that would withhold state funds from these localities in a dollar-for-dollar manner equal to revenue gained from red light cameras.

Claims that red light cameras reduce accidents have always been shaky at best, and there is a great deal of evidence that red light cameras increase accidents.

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