Ticket-happy traffic cameras, the bane of many a driver’s existence, are back in the spotlight again this week after the state supreme court in Ohio heard arguments over whether cities there can fine commuters for running red lights—an infraction typically under state jurisdiction that lets drivers off with just a citation. Now the fate of traffic cameras all across Ohio is being questioned after an Akron attorney sued the city when local law enforcement officials mailed a citation to his wife. PM contributing editor Glenn Reynolds wrote about traffic cameras last year, highlighting how unreliable and dubious they can actually be when it comes to safety. The Ohio verdict won’t be decided for a few months, but until then, plenty of people are weighing in on whether the cameras are invasion, unsafe or just plain unreliable.
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