Judge hears arguments in Ohio speed camera case

CINCINNATI (AP) — A southwest Ohio judge who earlier rejected use of cameras for speeding enforcement will rule next month on whether there should be a trial about reimbursing motorists.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman (ROOL'-man) heard arguments Thursday from both sides and set a Jan. 23 ruling date. Attorneys for the motorists want him to order nearly $1.8 million in refunds of fines and fees.

Attorneys for the village of Elmwood Place want the judge to rule against the reimbursements or wait until after appeals of his earlier rulings. The village contends cameras improved safety.

Ruehlman ruled earlier that the original lawsuit can be expanded to all drivers who paid speeding tickets before he halted the camera enforcement in March.

There are several other lawsuits around Ohio challenging cameras.