Columbus city officials say they plan to file a lawsuit seeking to repeal Ohio Senate Bill 342, which effectively ends the use of red-light cameras.

Columbus city officials say they plan to file a lawsuit seeking to repeal Ohio Senate Bill 342, which effectively ends the use of red-light cameras.

Public Safety Director George Speaks confirmed today, March 18, the city plans to file a lawsuit Friday, March 20, in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Columbus joins the cities of Akron, Dayton and Toledo, which have filed similar suits in their respective counties.

At midnight Monday, March 23, 38 red-light cameras throughout Columbus are scheduled to be turned off.

Speaks said city officials will not seek a temporary restraining order, meaning the cameras will be shut down during pending court action.

He said Columbus will argue S.B. 342, passed last year with bipartisan support, violates "home rule" protection in the Ohio Constitution and puts undue financial burden on the city.

S.B. 342 requires cities and villages to deploy a police cruiser at intersections with red-light cameras, which electronically record people running red lights. Traffic violation tickets are then issued based on the cameras' image captures.

"That is not only absurd and irrational I believe it's unconstitutional," Speaks said of the bill's requirements.

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