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Cleveland red-light camera appeals process restarts
For now, the city is ignoring a state appeals court ruling that the process is unconstitutional

Kevin Niedermier
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Despite a court ruling against it, the City of Cleveland restarted its appeal process today for drivers contesting red-light camera tickets. Last month the city halted the process after state appeals judges ruled it unconstitutional.

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In January, the 8th District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a driver ticketed by a Cleveland red-light camera who said the appeal process was flawed. The court agreed that under state law, red light camera tickets must be contested in a municipal court, not by a city clerk as it’s done in Cleveland and other cities.

The city then shut down its appeal process while its law department considered the matter.

Now, Cleveland officials say the ruling does not bar the city from using the appeal process, so it’s reopened the clerk’s office for people wanting to fight the tickets. The city is also continuing to reevaluate the process to see if it should be changed.  Meanwhile, the law department has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to overturn the appeals court ruling.

The appeals court did not say Cleveland’s red light cameras are unconstitutional, so the ticketing program itself was not suspended. Last year, red-light camera tickets generated $5 million for the city.

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Went to get tags for my truck but was refused because of so called red light violation but have not received anything in mail. It seems like I am guilty and can not get current tags.

Posted by: d leigh (cleveland tx) on February 20, 2014 11:02AM
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