Are speeding tickets that northern Ohio residents are now receiving in
the mail legal? That's the question at the heart of a
new story from WKYC Channel 3, who recently detailed the growing use of portable traffic cameras to
catch speeding drivers. Reporters turned to Attorney Ian Friedman for
insight on the legality of the new and controversial practice.
"Right now, it's legal," Attorney Friedman told the station.
"The legislature tried to get these cameras to go away," he
added, punctuating the divisive nature of the practice. Attorney Friedman
also told reporters that the cameras are favored by officers because they
reduce traffic stop interactions, thus making them safer.
The cameras are similar to the unpopular devices that have been widely
used in cities across the country to capture drivers violating stop lights.
The difference with the new portable traffic cameras is that they are
actually manned by roadside police officers. Another unpopular element
of the new practice? The owner of the car is eventually issued the speeding
ticket—no matter who was behind the wheel at the time of the photo.
The cameras are already in operation in Newburgh Heights, where Police
Chief John Majoy insists that the cameras benefit both his department
and local residents alike by decriminalizing speeding. "This is a
civil violation," he told the station. "It does not carry any
points on your license."
Still, some wonder if the system is actually effective in keeping drivers
on the road safer: after all, under the portable camera system, speeding
drivers aren't stopped and are allowed to continue speeding for the
rest of their trip, unlike what is allowed with traditional traffic stops.
It's unclear just how popular the cameras will become in Ohio, but
when reached for comment, Cleveland spokesman Daniel Ball said that there
were no current plans to use them.
If you have been charged with a crime, we invite you to contact
Ian N. Friedman today. Attorney Friedman is one of the most proven and sought-after criminal
defense attorneys in greater Cleveland and has built his reputation on
securing favorable results even in light of serious accusations. He and
his team have the experience, resources, and prowess to ensure that you
are given every consideration you deserve under the law.
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