CLEVELAND - The use of cameras to catch drivers speeding or running red lights is once again coming under fire in the state of Ohio.
On Wednesday, members of the Ohio House voted 61-32 in favor of a measure that would effectively ban the use of red-light cameras in the buckeye state.
Lawmakers in support of the legislation claim the measure would prevent municipalities from unfairly using the cameras to increase revenue, but not increase public safety.
Cleveland drivers like Tim Dallas said they believe the cameras should be eliminated and the money to buy them should be spent on additional police officers.
"We hear these legislators all talk about these cameras being for safety, some of it probably is," Dallas said. "But generally I think it's all a revenue generator."
However, not everyone is in favor of a complete ban on red-light cameras.
Bill Gregg, of Cleveland, rides his bike to work daily, and told NewsChannel5 he's witnessed plenty of dangerous driving that could be curtailed by the increased use of the cameras in specific applications.
"I bike down the Detroit-Superior Bridge twice every day and that's a 35 mph zone, and I guarantee you if we were judging speeds, people are going 50-plus and it's very dangerous," Gregg said. "I think it's OK that they're profiting from this, but I would be more in favor of fixed red-light cameras and do away with the mobile ones."
If signed into law, the legislation would still allow the use of red-light cameras in school zones during recess, and opening and closing hours, just as long as a police officer was present.
Local lawmakers like Cleveland Councilman Jay Westbrook is hoping the proposed law will be voted down in the Ohio Senate. Westbrook points to Cleveland statistics he believes clearly indicate the cameras are improving the safety of streets and neighborhoods.
"Driving conduct has changed dramatically, the streets are much safer," Westbrook said. "The incidents of accidents have dropped considerably, and the incidents of violations have also dropped."
Cleveland Safety Martin Flask is watching the proposed legislation in Columbus very carefully. Flask pointed out Cleveland's use of red-light cameras has already survived challenges in federal court and in the Ohio Supreme Court.
The measure is now on its way to the Ohio senate for its consideration.