Ohio County Judge Blocks New State Rules on Traffic Cameras

CINCINNATI (AP) _ A southwest Ohio judge has ruled new restrictions on traffic cameras violate the state's constitution, granting the city of Dayton a permanent order blocking them.
Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Barbara Gorman says rules such as requiring police officers to be present when cameras are used violate the Ohio municipalities' “home rule'' powers. She says the law passed late last year tells local governments how to allocate their law enforcement personnel.
A spokesman says the Ohio attorney general's office will appeal.
It's the second ruling against the restrictions that took effect last month. A Lucas County judge earlier granted a preliminary injunction sought by Toledo blocking the law.
Dayton and Akron have continued using photo enforcement without officers present, while other cities halted use pending the outcome of various lawsuits.