Robert R. Hart, Jr., Attorney at Law
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State representatives consider workaround to traffic cameras

In July 2017, the Ohio Supreme Court maintained for the third time that cities in the state could enforce traffic laws with cameras. In its latest ruling, it declared that a police officer did not have to be present to issue the ticket. However, state legislators are thinking of other ways to possible challenge the use of traffic cameras. One idea is to limit state funds to smaller cities that use traffic cameras as a means of generating revenue.

However, representatives from small cities such as Newburgh Heights say that traffic cameras are there to get drivers to slow down. Although the mayor of Newburgh Heights says that 20 percent of the city budget comes from traffic camera tickets, he also says that it is acting within the law. Furthermore, the mayor contends that the city won't be restricted in the actions it takes to keep its citizens safe.

If an individual is charged with one or more traffic violations, possible penalties include a fine and potential loss of driving privileges. Although traffic offenses are generally considered infractions, it may be beneficial to contest them. Having a charge dropped or reduced may result in a lower fine or reduce the odds of paying higher insurance rates.

Regardless of how minor an offense a person may be charged with, it may be possible to contest it with the help of an attorney. An attorney may understand the nuances of the law or have an ability to create a stronger legal argument than a layperson may. If an individual is not satisfied with the verdict in his or her case, it may be possible to appeal that decision.

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