Chillicothe Red-Light and Speed Camera Referendum, 2009
Chillicothe Red-Light and Speed Camera Referendum will be on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Ross County for voters in the City of Chillicothe. The referendum proposes prohibiting the use of both red-light and speed cameras within the city.
On September 2, 2009 the Ross County Board of Elections ruled to keep the ballot measure on the November ballot, after the City of Cincinnati filed a protest against the ballot language. City officials argued that the language was "misleading" and "unconstitutional." James Mann, assistant law director, argued that the ordinance would not only affect the automated system but also the radar and speed enforcement used by officers on their patrols. However, Citizens Against Photo Enforcement (CAPE) say that Mann's argument is false. CAPE's ordinance, as currently proposed, only affects automated red-light and speed cameras, not those used by an officer. In addition to the ruling, the board noted, "Access to the ballot ... is one of the most fundamental rights an American can enjoy."
In November 2008 local residents and members of CAPE filed a lawsuit against the city's camera provider, Redflex Inc., requesting that camera enforcement be suspended. Soon after, in December, a temporary restraining order was issued requiring the city to suspend use of camera enforcement. However, the lawsuit was withdrawn in March 2009 after the suspension was lifted. The Chillicothe Red-Light and Speed Camera Referendum was proposed shortly thereafter.
- Chillicothe Gazette,"Red-light camera ban petition OK'd for ballot," August 25, 2009
- Chillicothe Gazette,"Board to keep red light issue on ballot," September 2, 2009
- Newark Advocate,"Chillicothe elections board to rule on putting red-light cameras on ballot," September 2, 2009