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In a recent court hearing, Judge Robert Ruehlman ordered them not only to be shut off but to be impounded - taken off the streets for good.
During the June 27 hearing, Ruehlman found that his order had been violated in a number of ways. First off, the cameras had been turned back on, though Elmwood Place Police Chief Bill Peskin said during the hearing that they were only used to collect traffic and speed data, not to collect license plate information or to issue new traffic tickets.
"The traffic camera company collected the citations, and apparently continued to collect money sent in after the judge's March order," WLWT reported.
"There was testimony in court that some $48,000 was collected, with a percentage of that money passed on to the village per the speed camera contract. Optotraffic did not have a representative in court Thursday.
Mike Allen, an attorney who is part of a legal team fighting against the speed cameras, called them a "money grab."
Originally posted by rival
This judge IS my new hero.....and precedent is set!
Hip Hip Hooray..
~For he's a jolly good fellow~
How do I contribute to his reelection campaign?
If the Fifth required that I am allowed to face my accuser, it's at best dubious the witness against me is human and not programmable.
Optotraffic had already received a $500,000 cut of the town's $1,500,000.00 speed camera ticket haul by the time of the ruling.