Ten years after the first red-light cameras began operating in Toledo and two years after the Supreme Court of Ohio upheld a city’s right to install them, the devices are once again the source of a lawsuit.
A complaint was filed in Lucas County Common Pleas Court Thursday by a Kentucky man against the City of Toledo and RedFlex Traffic Systems Inc. The lawsuit, filed by attorneys in Fremont and Sandusky, claims that the administrative process in place to appeal a citation should be ruled invalid.
Specifically, the complaint claims that there are three problems with the system including that the appeals process was established by the police department rather than City Council; that the police department did not have a process in writing until this month, and that the process as it stands strips the Toledo Municipal Court of its jurisdiction over municipal-ordinance violations.
The lawsuit, which was filed with a request to become a class-action complaint, asks for compensatory damages in the amount of “all the penalties that the City and RedFlex have collected.”