Attorney Mike Allen to sue Dayton about red light, speeding cameras

Attorney Mike Allen filing a class action lawsuit against the city of Dayton"
Published: Mar. 25, 2014 at 5:33 PM EDT
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(FOX19) - Cincinnati attorney Mike Allen on Tuesday plans to file a lawsuit against the city of Dayton for its use of cameras to catch speeding motorists and those who drive through red traffic lights.

The litigation against Dayton targets speed cameras and red-light cameras run by Phoenix-based Redflex Traffic Systems Inc.

Motorists who receive tickets in Dayton can challenge citations but cannot bring in witnesses, obtain discovery or otherwise receive documents to show if the camera system was not operating correctly, Allen's law firm says.

The lawsuit says Dayton's ordinance is not enforceable as it "fails to provide adequate due process to vehicle owners as guaranteed by the Ohio Constitution."

A Montgomery County Common Pleas Court judge will be asked to allow anyone who has received a ticket from Dayton's speed and red light cameras to join the suit.

Allen appeared on Tuesday's FOX19 Morning News where our Rob Williams asked him about the case.

Allen has previously sued the village of Elmwood Place (Hamilton County) and the village of New Miami (Butler County) about their speeding cameras.

Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Sage on March 11 ruled that New Miami's speed cameras violated Ohio's due process clause.

In March 2013, Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman ruled that Elmwood Place's speed camera ordinance was invalid and unenforceable.

A press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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