Ruling on Ohio village's speed cameras coming soon

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CINCINNATI (AP) — A judge's upcoming ruling in a lawsuit against a Cincinnati-area village's speed cameras will lead off a pivotal year in the accelerating debate over use of the cameras in Ohio.

Motorists ticketed in Elmwood Place want the Hamilton County Common Pleas judge to order the village to refund speeding fines and fees totaling some $1.8 million.

The village says there shouldn't be refunds for speeding violations and has appealed the judge's earlier rulings against the cameras. The judge last year ordered a halt to camera use, comparing the automated system to a rigged card game. He also has approved class-action status for ticketed drivers.

The judge has said he'll rule Jan. 23. Several other lawsuits are pending, including one before the Ohio Supreme Court.

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