Red-light cameras go dark in Middletown as Ohio cities sort out challenges to new law


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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Some Ohio cities are still using traffic cameras while others have shut them off amid uncertainty over a court ruling on a new law.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports ( ) Middletown has deactivated its 14 red-light cameras at eight intersections throughout the city because of the law that was scheduled to take effect Monday. The law sharply restricts camera use with such requirements that a police officer be present.

A Lucas County judge on Sunday granted a preliminary injunction sought by Toledo to block the law. The cities of Akron and Dayton concluded that blocks the law statewide and are continuing camera use. Columbus halted camera use but is reviewing the ruling.

Springfield and Middletown also stopped, while Hamilton is among a handful of communities using cameras under the new restrictions.

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