The Cincinnati city manager proposed red-light cameras, City Council approved them (5-4), and a contractor stood ready to install them as early as next month, says the Cincinnati Enquirer. Wednesday, Mayor Charlie Luken vetoed them, making Cincinnati the only major city in Ohio to rule them out.
Luken said he didn’t buy the justification of council members that the were voting for safer intersections. “Let’s be honest with the public. We didn’t think about this until we came up with a budget problem,” Luken said. The cameras’ biggest champion on City Council, David Crowley, admitted to being caught by a speed camera in Europe. “The point is, my behavior was modified after that. I thought I could get away with something because no one was watching,” he said.