Ohio House approves effort to close speed trap loophole

A bill halfway through the Ohio statehouse would close a loophole in state law that permits certain locales to issue civil speeding fines.

The legislative action is spurred by enforcement efforts in the village of Brice in Franklin County. The 114-person village in central Ohio has a one-man police force that four years ago issued five times as many tickets as there are residents.

The Columbus-area locale also employs ticket cameras to help enforce the 25 mph speed limit. Cameras are set up in locations that include orange construction barrels.