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Speeders want $3M back from New Miami’s traffic cameras; 40 percent of money collected went to traffic company

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Written by Ben Davis

CINCINNATI (AP and WLWT) —Drivers cited because of speed cameras want a southwest Ohio village to pay back more than $3 million in collected fines after a judge found the unmanned cameras unconstitutional.

New Miami issued nearly 45,000 citations through 15 months of using the cameras between 2012 and 2014.

The village collected about $1.8 million from the fines, and the traffic company that ran the program was paid $1.2 million, or 40 percent of the total collected.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports the motorists’ attorneys are asking a judge to have the village pay the total, not just the portion of the fines it kept.

The village’s attorney says the judge shouldn’t hold the village responsible for money it didn’t receive. He says they’re taking the case back to the state Supreme Court.

The village currently uses manned speed cameras. A judge has already ruled that money collected from those cameras won’t be garnished to pay ordered costs.

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