Bill limiting city use of revenue from red light cameras heads to Ohio senate

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By now, drivers are well aware of both speed and red light cameras around the Dayton area.

Many have voiced their concerns and now Ohio House Representatives are trying to limit where that money can go.

HB410 has passed the house and is now headed to the senate.

It’s a bill that would NOT allow cities to profit off red light and speed cameras.

The unmanned cameras nab hundreds of drivers each month.

Generating money that representative Niraj Antani says should only go towards police departments. 

“We want to hold these red light cameras accountable. Cities should not be able to profit off of them. If you are going to do them for safety. That’s fine. But you shouldn’t be able to profit off of them,” said Antani.

Antani says Dayton is already putting that money to good use.

“The city of Dayton, right now, which I think is the only Dayton area. Other than Trotwood. They have said they are only using these funds for police purposes. Which I requested. I’m very grateful for that,” said Antani.

Dayton residents like Laura Herath, don’t have a problem with the cameras or the money behind it.

“I don’t oppose it. I like it for the safety measures,” said Herath. “I would want that to go back to the city. To help with roads.”

While Herath doesn’t mind where the money goes, members of the Ohio House of Representatives have other ideas.

“For those who are trying to profit off of this. We will deduct the equal amount that you profit from your local government fund distribution,” said Antani.

The bill passed the house and will have to go through the senate before reaching the desk of the governor.

“I thing there’s lots of talk about this and I’m sure they will fairly consider it,” said Antani. 

2 NEWS will update you on what’s next for this bill. 

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