Michael K. Allen & Associates has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a handful of citizens against the city of Dayton, Ohio, challenging its use of traffic cameras. Today’s action follows other successful cases brought by the Firm against Elmwood Place in Hamilton County and New Miami in Butler County. Motorists will ask a judge to throw out traffic tickets issued by Dayton’s automatic enforcement systems and refund their fines. The Dayton lawsuit is joined by attorneys Tom Manning, of Dayton, and Paul DeMarco, of Cincinnati.
This action targets both speed cameras and red-light cameras run by Redflex Traffic Systems, the longest consistently operating company in photo enforcement with about 3,000 systems in 250 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Redflex shares ticket proceeds with the city of Dayton.
Michael Allen will provide additional information and be available for comment at a press conference at 2:00 at the Firm’s Mason Office. He stated, “Automatic traffic enforcement systems are often more about raising revenues for cash strapped municipalities than improving traffic safety. We are not saying that these devices can’t be a valuable law enforcement tool. We are saying that if the government wants to impose fines on citizens, it has an obligation to give the citizens a fair chance to defend themselves.”