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Judge wants Elmwood Place to issue speeding ticket refunds
CINCINNATI (WKRC/AP) -- A Hamilton County judge says that Elmwood Place should refund speeding tickets from traffic cameras, but it can wait until after its appeal of class action status is resolved.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman ruled Thursday that Elmwood Place should pay back fines and fees totaling nearly $1.8 million. He says the village is also liable for attorney fees.
But he said he won't make a final order until the village's appeal of his approval of class action status for thousands of ticketed motorists is decided.
Ruehlman last year ordered the village to halt camera use, calling it a scam. A village attorney told Local 12 last October that the money has been set aside, waiting for the outcome of the lawsuit.
Several other lawsuits are pending in Ohio. Supporters say cameras stretch police resources and make communities safer. Foes say they are revenue-raisers that violate drivers' rights.