Bill to prohibit Village of Brice from steep traffic fines set for House vote
COLUMBUS, Ohio - House Bill 125, which prohibits a municipal corporation that is not authorized to establish a mayor's court from imposing or charging excessive fines, got a big thumbs up from the Criminal Justice Committee.
It's onto the full House of Representatives Wednesday for a vote.
The bill's sponsor, Representative Hearcel Craig, said when it comes to Brice, it's the beginning of the end of policing for profit.
"We have always said, if it's a safety issue, if law enforcement has to ensure the safety, we're all for that," said Craig, minutes after the vote. "But where there have been abuses, excessive abuses and fines and penalties, that's deeply troubling."
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As ABC 6/FOX 28 has showed you, Brice police keep an eagle eye on drivers, snapping pictures of those who exceed the 25 mile-per-hour speed limit. The speed camera was sometimes placed in barrel, while an officer sat nearby. Fines were then issued by the camera company, and came with a hefty penalty if not paid on time.
Two Columbus attorneys have filed a class-action lawsuit against Brice, accusing them of illegally collecting money from traffic tickets.