Girard seeks to dismiss speed camera lawsuit

YOUNGSTOWN — The city of Girard has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by drivers who claimed they received speeding tickets in error.

The drivers received tickets between Dec. 7 and Jan. 7 for exceeding 55 mph after the Ohio Department of Transportation changed the speed limit to 65 mph. ODOT, however, failed to remove the 55 mph speed limit signs, and Girard’s speed cameras continued to cite drivers who exceeded 55.

A motion to dismiss filed late Friday argues the plaintiffs don’t have a case because they exceeded the posted speed limit.

It argues that all drivers, including the plaintiffs, observed the 55 mph signs, and knew exceeding 55 mph would result in a ticket.

Judge Benita Y. Pearson of U.S. District Court has yet to rule on the motion.

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