Butler County judge awaits Ohio high court ruling

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio judge who earlier ordered a village to turn off its traffic cameras is waiting for an Ohio Supreme Court ruling before he decides on refunds to motorists.

Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Sage ruled in February that New Miami's automated speeding enforcement system violated motorists' rights. He held off on ruling whether the village had to refund motorists' $95 citations.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports (http://bit.ly/U57a6M ) that Sage says he wants to wait until after the state's high court announces its decision in a motorist's challenge to Toledo's cameras. The justices heard arguments last month and are expected to rule sometime in the next few months.

New Miami collected some $1.8 million during 15 months of camera enforcement. Officials say the cameras were aimed at improving safety.

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