Joshua Adam Engel has been one of the leading attorneys challenging the constitutionality of speed camera programs in Ohio. In a number of cases, Engel helped lead a team of attorneys who obtained injunctions against the operation of the cameras in Hamilton and Butler Counties.
The Village of New Miami has passed another speed camera ordinance, borrowing rulings from several Ohio courts that have declared the new state law unconstitutional. . . .
Josh Engel, an attorney for the plaintiffs who are trying to get their speeding ticket money refunded, said he doesn’t think [the judge] should address the newest motion at all.
“It’s kind of problematic. They are essentially asking the judge for an advisory opinion, and that’s not an appropriate thing for a court to do,” Engel said. “The more salient point as I looked at that, I think the new ordinance has the same constitutional infirmities that the old ordinance has.”
Dayton has used cameras for red-light enforcement for a decade, and added speeding cameras in 2011. Attorney Josh Engel said records show Dayton cameras generated more than $6 million in revenue over the last two years, with the company that operates the cameras keeping a third of the revenues.
Justices heard arguments in the case of a motorist ticketed in Toledo five years ago. They didn’t state a timetable for a ruling, which could affect motorists and municipalities around the state. Most of the state’s largest cities use camera enforcement, and at least eight lawsuits against cameras are working through other courts. . . .
Attorney Josh Engel, part of the law firm that sued Elmwood Place and four other Ohio municipalities over cameras, watched Wednesday’s arguments in the courtroom audience. He said he hopes the justices will find that cities are overstepping their authority, but even if the court doesn’t agree, lawsuits could continue on other issues. “We still have a long ways to go,” Engel said.
More Ohio citizens are fighting the use of red light and speed cameras in local municipalities, calling their use unconstitutional. . . . Wednesday’s new lawsuits mark the fourth and fifth cases handled by the same firm following the recent March filing against nearby Dayton, Ohio, and earlier, Elmwood Place and New Miami. . . . “These two cities were the next ones where citizens have brought us a lot of information,” said attorney Josh Engel, explaining why Trotwood and West Carrollton were added to the list of sued municipalities. The attorneys earlier sued the city of Dayton. That case is pending.