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Ohio Village Ordered to Pay Back $3 Million to Drivers Loses Appeal

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By    |   Tuesday, 06 February 2018 01:15 PM

An Ohio village's $3 million speed camera case, in which drivers who were fined for speeding along a small stretch of road are hoping to reclaim the money paid out, continues to drag on.

In the latest round, the 12th District Court of Appeals ruled that New Miami is not entitled immunity in the lawsuit, according to the Journal-News.

New Miami, which is home to just over 2,000 residents, raised its annual budget from roughly $1.5 million to $2.5 million in 2013 thanks to revenue that was collected after installing stand-alone speed cameras along one of its major throughways, Fox News reported.

However an Ohio judge later ordered the village to pay back the ticketed drivers, referencing a 2014 ruling that found the money collected from the speed camera to be unconstitutional.

WRC reported that between 2012 and 2014, nearly 45,000 citations were issued to motorists breaking the 50 miles per hour speed limit.

As a result, the village was able to collect $1.8 million of which 40 percent was then allocated to the traffic company that ran the program.

Village officials challenged the rule and the matter has been bouncing back and forth since.

Earlier this week James Englert, the village's outside counsel representing the drivers, said it has not yet been determined whether the 12th District's decision on sovereign immunity would be taken to the Ohio Supreme Court.

"I'm not talking about going forward on the sovereign immunity issue where we just lost," Englert said per the Journal-News. "I'm talking about the finding by Judge Sage that it was a due process violation."

Josh Engel, one of the speeders' attorneys, said that the village was wasting taxpayer's money to pay for its legal fees.

"People who want to settle cases can find creative solutions to various problems," Engel said. "If their lawyers are just looking for an excuse to keep churning this file and run litigation costs up, they'll always find another excuse. If they want to settle this case, we can find a way to settle this case."

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