Cincinnatians – the first U.S. voters to decide whether their municipality should be able to use cameras to catch drivers running red lights – favor a camera ban, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. A proposition that would bar the city from installing cameras passed 51 percent to 49 percent. City Council in August rejected a proposal by the city manager to begin contract negotiations with a camera company.
Proponents of the measure said they wanted to push for the ban now so future councils could never put forth another camera proposal. They believe the cameras erode civil liberties, circumvent a driver’s right to face his accuser and were put forth by city officials as a way to make money, not to improve safety.