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Ohio House Considers Red Light Camera Bill

COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia) --The battle over red light cameras continued at the Ohio Statehouse Wednesday. The State Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee heard from opposition to House Bill 69. It would prohibit the use of traffic law photo-monitoring devices by municipal corporations, counties, townships and the State Highway Patrol to detect traffic signal light and speed limit violations.

The Traffic Safety Coalition said lawmakers should reform safety cameras, not kill them.  Law enforcement professionals said limiting red light cameras would result in more injuries and traffic deaths.

Lt. Brent Mull with Columbus Division of Police said the cameras are working well in the city. 

"There are a lot of things some agencies are doing wrong that you can tell they are out just to make some money and it is really not that way, they shouldn't do that," said Mull.

Paul Oberhauser, with the Traffic Safety Coalition said his daughter was killed 12 years ago near Dayton, when a man ran a red light at in intersection of two highways.

"We just feel it is so senseless the number of people killed every year by red light runners," said Oberhauser.

Last year, over 700 people nationwide were killed by drivers who ran red lights, 118,000 people injured.

"If we had an airline industry that killed 700 people every year we would have a mass revolution," said Oberhauser.

There will be at least one more hearing on House Bill 69.  New legislation is also being introduced by a Columbus area lawmaker that would create uniform standards across the state.
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