A bill making its way through the state legislature may put a stop to Akron's speed cameras.
The House passed a bill before its summer recess that would outlaw the majority of Ohio's speed and red-light cameras. The Beacon Journal reports the bipartisan supporters of the bill say the cameras tack heavy fines on drivers without allowing them due process. Opponents say the cameras help reduce accidents.
An amendment to the bill would allow for cameras in school zones, but cities would have to place an officer near the camera. While Akron's cameras specifically target speeders in school zones, Akron Police say they can't afford to place an officer with each of the city's cameras.
Akron's cameras generate more than $640,000 a year for the city, which is used to pay for things such as crossing guards and police officers in schools. They were put in place after a child was struck and killed in a hit-skip on his way to school in 2005.
The State Senate is expected to debate the bill after it returns from recess.
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