Ohio bill looks to put new limits on speed cameras

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – A new bill proposed by State Representative Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) would put new limitations on speed camera operating companies, hoping to provide some transparency in their operation.

House Bill 416 would essentially require every camera to be registered through the state. This would allow anyone to know where the cameras are, how many there are, how efficient they are, and how much money they are bringing in.

The Bill, if passed, would lead to speed camera companies being charged $5,000/month per camera to allow for the state to inspect each camera to ensure accuracy. The state would also put an 8% tax on the revenue the companies make from the cameras, in addition to requiring that any tickets be sent within 72 hours, not the 30 days currently set. HB 416 would not change the way revenue from the speed cameras is broken up, with 60% going to the local municipalities and 40% to the companies.

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