130th Ohio General Assembly
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Am. Sub. H. B. No. 56  As Passed by the House
As Passed by the House

126th General Assembly
Regular Session
2005-2006
Am. Sub. H. B. No. 56


Representatives Raussen, Seitz, Brinkman, McGregor, D. Evans, Fessler, Aslanides, Reidelbach, Gilb, Buehrer, Hood, Daniels, Taylor, Martin, Gibbs, Faber, Raga, Blessing, Schneider, Uecker, Bubp, J. Stewart, Schaffer, Webster, Key, Law, Widowfield, Calvert, Coley, Collier, Flowers, Hughes, T. Patton, Peterson, Seaver, Setzer, Trakas, Yates 



A BILL
To enact sections 4511.092 and 4511.093 of the Revised Code to allow the use of a traffic law photo-monitoring device to detect traffic law violations only if a law enforcement officer is present at the location of the device and issues tickets at the time and location of the violations, and to require the time period during which traffic control signals display yellow lights or yellow arrows to conform with the applicable provisions of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1.  That sections 4511.092 and 4511.093 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:
Sec. 4511.092. (A) As used in this section:
(1) "Law enforcement agency" means any law enforcement agency of a local authority.
(2) "Law enforcement officer" means any law enforcement officer employed by a law enforcement agency of a local authority.
(3) "Local authority" means a municipal corporation, county, or township.
(4) "Traffic law photo-monitoring device" means an electronic system consisting of a photographic, video, or electronic camera and a means of sensing the presence of a motor vehicle that automatically produces photographs, videotape, or digital images of the vehicle, its operator, or its license plate.
(B) A local authority that authorizes the law enforcement agency of that local authority to utilize a traffic law photo-monitoring device within its boundaries to determine compliance with, or to detect a violation of, a municipal ordinance or any provision of the Revised Code that governs or regulates the operation of motor vehicles shall provide that the traffic law photo-monitoring device shall be so utilized and operated for such purposes only when a law enforcement officer is present at the location of the traffic law photo-monitoring device and issues tickets, citations, or summonses at the time and location of the traffic law violations.
(C) The state highway patrol shall not utilize a traffic law photo-monitoring device to determine compliance with, or to detect a violation of, any provision of the Revised Code that governs or regulates the operation of motor vehicles unless a state highway patrol trooper is present at the location of the traffic law photo-monitoring device and issues tickets, citations, or summonses at the time and location of the traffic law violations.
Sec. 4511.093.  The time period during which a traffic control signal displays a yellow light or yellow arrow shall conform with the provisions contained in the manual adopted by the department of transportation pursuant to section 4511.09 of the Revised Code governing the time of display of yellow lights and yellow arrows by traffic control signals, and that time period shall not be shorter than the time period prescribed by that manual for intersections that are of the same type or have the same characteristics as the intersection at which the traffic control signal is located.
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