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Ohio judge rules village must refund speeding tickets from cameras if class action upheld

A judge in southwest Ohio says a Cincinnati-area village should refund speeding tickets from traffic cameras, but it can wait until after its appeal of class action-status is resolved.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman (ROOHL'-muhn) ruled Thursday that Elmwood Place should pay back fines and fees totaling nearly $1.8 million. He says the village is also liable for attorney fees.

But he said he won't make a final order until the village's appeal of his approval of class-action status for thousands of ticketed motorists is decided.

Ruehlman last year ordered the village to halt camera use, calling it a scam.

Several other lawsuits are pending in Ohio. Supporters say cameras stretch police resources and make communities safer. Foes say they are revenue-raisers that violate drivers' rights.

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