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WARREN – Plaintiffs attorney in a class action lawsuit for speed camera ticketing on Interstate 80 in Girard is appealing a verdict by a Trumbull County judge in favor of the city.

Common Pleas Judge Andrew D. Logan tabled an eight-page ruling on December 9, confirming a preliminary settlement agreement dated August 2021 in the case in which camera operators Blue Line Solutions agreed to settle $ 175,000 of claims to be paid. Logan also passed no judgment or damages against the City of Girard.

The appeal was filed by Attorney Marc Dann on behalf of Plaintiffs Miles and Melissa Black of Canfield, Lorraine Morris of Louisville, John Perfette of Howland, Samuel Rotz of Hubbard, and John Beal of Diamond, the class representatives of the 7,700 I-80 motorists who were Received a speeding ticket for a month at the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018 for exceeding the speed limit. During this time, motorists were issued for exceeding the legal speed limit of 65 mph as the speed cameras were calibrated for the speed limit of 55 mph in the construction zone.

The judge’s edict dismissed Blue Line Solutions from the lawsuit and required the defendants to pay just over $ 66,000 in legal and legal fees, and $ 1,000 to each of the six class representatives for their time and effort in handling the case to pay, wrote the judge.

“We appealed because we believe the judge was wrong” Then said. “Our customers had no idea that the computers were incorrectly calibrated when they had the opportunity to appeal the tickets. Without this information, they did not have a meaningful due process. “

The case will be heard by the Ohio District Court of Appeals, located in Warren.

No date has yet been set for disputes.

“We felt the whole situation was very fair the whole time” That said Girard’s Mayor James Melfi. “The speeding was a dangerous thing, and if we did something at Girard to slow down traffic, it was a good thing. It has been proven that there is a connection between slower speeds and safety. “

Melfi said Girard City legal director Brian Kren will file a response earlier this year.

In early 2017, the speed limit on the section of I-80 that goes through Girard was reduced to 55 mph while the Ohio Department of Transportation repaired the freeway.

“The limit was raised to 65 after the work was completed on December 7th (2017), but for the next month the city and the Blue Line continued to lead people who rushed too fast through a no longer existing construction zone.” Then said. “As a result, thousands of people paid fines ranging from $ 100 to $ 150 that they did not owe, many were charged significant late payment and collection fees, and those who appealed were charged an additional $ 25 fee, even though they hadn’t done anything wrong. The whole situation was inexcusable and outrageous. “

Then said he hoped the case will inspire the Ohio General Assembly to “Quickly in the speed camera racket.”

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