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Hey, David Betras, "Lights! Camera! Action!"

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)


Published February 3, 2008

Two years ago almost to the day, Youngstown Atty. David "I never met a camera I didn't like" Betras told a gathering at Cedar's Cafe in downtown Youngstown that the Girard traffic camera was illegal and that he intended to take the the fight against it all the way to the top, if necessary.

Betras was participating in a debate sponsored by Vindy.com, The Vindicator's website. On the other side were individuals and city officials who believe that Girard has the right to enforce traffic laws in such a manner.

The attorney's opposition to the camera triggered snide comments about his never having met a camera he didn't like — with the exception of the one in Girard. Nonetheless, he spent more than a year fighting the city.

But the fight came to an end last week when the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in favor of Girard. It said the practice of using a camera to enforce traffic laws and the subsequent levying of fines are legal.

Thus the question: Will Betras take this fight all the way to the United States Supreme Court?

After all, he had talked about this issue being of national importance. Although he never admitted it, he could see himself portrayed on national television as "David" taking on "Goliath."

But for now, the Ohio Supreme Court has spoken. Betras, who has admitted to having a lead foot when he drives, should just slow down as he's going through Girard. 

  


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