Howland, Ohio discontinued speed cameras July 1 after change in state law

The Howland Police Department ended its traffic- camera program July 1 in response to the new Ohio law that reduced state funding to government bodies using them.

The legislation reduced the local government funding the government agency received by an amount equivalent to the fines they collected through a red-light or speed-camera program.

Supporters of the reduction in state funding said they wanted to test the theory that traffic cameras are meant to prevent crashes and not to boost municipal budgets.

Howland Police Nick Chief Roberts said the loss of local government funds the township would have experienced and other changes brought about by the law that went into effect July 3 were too much to overcome.