Ohio appeals court approves class action in camera case

CINCINNATI (AP) — A state appeals court has approved class action status for thousands of motorists fined for speeding in citations issued from automatic camera enforcement in a southwest Ohio village.

The ruling Monday by the 12th district appeals court allows attorneys for the drivers to ask a judge to order New Miami to pay back more than $1 million collected in the less than two years the cameras were operated. A Butler County judge ruled in 2014 that they violated motorists’ rights to due process and ordered them shut off.

An attorney for the village says he hasn’t had time to study the ruling and will need to discuss a potential appeal with village officials.

Meanwhile, New Miami police have begun using hand-held speeding cameras meant to comply with state legislation.