COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Supporters of red-light cameras say they are saving lives and cutting down on the number of crashes so they need to stay.
The Ohio House voted to ban the devices and the Senate is considering the bill. Now, Sen. Kevin Bacon has introduced a bill that he says would put statewide standards for operating the cameras in place.
Opponents of the cameras claim they are simply revenue generators and are unconstitutional because of a lack of due process in being able to face your accuser.
"It would be, I think wise, to create a statewide standard in the state of Ohio that I think would adequately address those concerns and allow the use of the cameras so that we can continue to promote safety at our intersections across the state of Ohio," he said.
Springfield Police Sgt. Brett Bauer called the proposed ban "bad policy that puts people at risk on Ohio roads." He says they've seen a 47 percent reduction in the number of crashes thanks to the cameras. Columbus has recorded 74 percent fewer right-angle crashes and 25 percent fewer rear-end crashes.
Bauer says hundreds of people die on Ohio roads each year and if something can be done to cut down on that number it should be.
"If there's technology that allows us to reduce those crashes, a technology that's working, there's no reason to ban it in our state," he said.
While communities like Toledo, Columbus, and Springfield are being held up as examples of how to use red light cameras, there are also communities like Elmwood Place near Cincinnati that are the poster child for the opposite.
A Hamilton County judge ruled that the village had to stop using the cameras and re-pay about $1.7 million in fines after he found that they violated due process. They were ticketing anyone driving more than 5 mph over the posted speed limit.
Columbus Police Lt. Brent Mull doesn't think it's fair to punish everyone because of the way some departments used the cameras.
"I think that we should have some kind of reform and I think Sen. Bacon is on the right track. We shouldn't just throw this entire thing out," he said.
Toledo Police Lt. Jeff Sulewiski is worried that if the cameras are banned all of the progress they've made in reducing crashes will be undone as drivers readjust their behaviors behind the wheel.
"That camera serves as a reminder. If the camera is not there, once people are used to it, I think you could see the trend go backwards," he said.