COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has declined to consider a state appeals court's decision requiring a southwest Ohio village to repay motorists $3 million in traffic camera fines.

A Butler County judge ruled in 2014 that New Miami's automated system violated due process because ticket challenges were heard during a village administrative hearing instead of in court.

The village argued on appeal that it can't be sued for protecting the public's safety. Critics say traffic camera tickets are government money grabs.

Attorney Josh Engel tells the Hamilton-Middletown Journal News he will seek an order requiring the village to repay motorists as soon as it's practical.

An attorney for the village, James Englert, said New Miami will eventually appeal again on the issue of due process cited by the trial judge.