Toledo, OH defends traffic camera appeals process

The city of Toledo told the Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday that its process for hearing appeals of traffic violations captured by cameras amounts to a “screening” of citations and does not conflict with a new state law handing exclusive jurisdiction over such matters to municipal courts.

At issue is a Woodville motorist’s lawsuit seeking to end Toledo’s administrative hearing process and potentially drag down the city’s camera program in the process.

“The [city] will concede that the Toledo Municipal Court now has jurisdiction to hear appeals of photo enforcement violation rulings…,” reads the brief filed by Toledo’s senior attorney, John T. Madigan. “The [city] will not concede, however, that the city is no longer permitted to conduct photo enforcement administrative hearings.

“The administrative procedure complements rather than conflicts with state law,” he wrote.