CINCINNATI (AP) -- A judge in southwest Ohio has granted class action status to a lawsuit challenging use of cameras for speeding enforcement in a village near Cincinnati.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman (ROOHL'-man) on Tuesday ruled that the original lawsuit can be expanded to all drivers who paid speeding tickets received over the six months before he ordered a halt to Elmwood Place's use of speeding cameras in March. It's estimated that will total about 10,000 drivers, seeking refunds of $1.75 million in fines and other charges.
Ruehlman had ruled earlier that the village's camera ordinance was unconstitutional and unenforceable, calling it "a scam" against motorists.
A message seeking comment was left with the village's attorney.
Other Ohio courts, including the state Supreme Court, have upheld use of traffic cameras.