Traffic Camera Arguments Used

WARREN — A Trumbull County Common Pleas Court judge has ruled Girard’s use of traffic cameras to be unconstitutional and violates due process laws — the same argument opponents in Steubenville are saying about Steubenville’s use of traffic cameras.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge John M. Stuard ruled in favor of a class action lawsuit by more than 1,500 car owners who argued that use of the camera was unconstitutional and violates due process laws.

“This will be a foundation for other people to attack these cameras, at least in Ohio,” said Girard Councilman Daniel Moadus Jr.

“It’s a shame that so many people are concerned about not obeying the law,” said Steubenville Police Chief Bill McCafferty. Other Steubenville and Traffipax officials were not available for comment.

Cameras were first used in Steubenville on Sept. 22, but were shut down on Dec. 5. Already more than 3,000 people had paid the $85 tickets that were issued.

The city was ordered to refund the money collected on the tickets because it was ruled that the city violated its ordinance by not properly listing the streets that would be monitored and for not erecting proper signs.

However, an amended traffic camera ordinance was passed in Steubenville on June 20 because the city is not willing or able to let go of the traffic camera enforcement. The city entered a five-year contract with Traffipax of Columbia, Md., that it cannot break, officials said.