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Appeals Court Rejects Springfield's Challenge Of State Traffic Camera Law

The 2nd Ohio District Court of Appeals has rejected the city of Springfield's challenge to restrictions on traffic camera enforcement that include requiring a police officer to be present. Springfield is one of several cities challenging the law that took effect last year, claiming it violates their authority to enforce local traffic laws. City officials say they plan to appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court, and could join the city of Dayton's appeal. The justices have twice upheld municipalities' authority to use automated camera enforcement. Some communities are equipping officers with hand-held cameras.

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