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Traffic Camera Fight Revived in Supreme Court

September 11, 2018 9:00 am by: Category: Featured, Recent News Leave a comment A+ / A-

After initially ruling that cities could turn back on their traffic cameras to police traffic, the Supreme Court is reviving the issue with a class action lawsuit against traffic camera enforcement. The class action lawsuit revolves around the type of fine the drivers receive. The court has ruled that the fines are to be considered municipal fines, which carry a higher burden of proof. The city had been issuing citations as civil procedures. This change reverses a lower court decision.

The lawsuit was filed by a group who argue that the speed camera citations violate due process and several aspects of the Iowa Constitution. The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that the citations do not violate the Iowa Constitution.

Some cities like Des Moines have begun issuing citations again after having their cameras turned off, while the city of Cedar Rapids is waiting for direction from the city council to turn their cameras back on.

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