Iowa Supreme Court Rules Against Traffic Camera Tickets

Traffic cameras may not earn you a speeding ticket anymore in parts of Iowa.

by B.A. Morelli, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa / June 15, 2017

(TNS) -- The Iowa Supreme Court has dealt another blow to traffic camera tickets in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Muscatine.

Iowa’s high court is the second to reject requests to continue issuing traffic tickets during an appeal of an Iowa Department of Transportation order to turn off or move traffic cameras in the three cities, according to a ruling filed on Wednesday by Justice Brent Appel.

Appel denied a motion to stay, or suspend, enforcement of District Court orders on April 25 and May 17. The District Court decided in favor of the Iowa DOT, ruling the agency had authority to order the cameras off or moved on April 25, and on May 17 denied a stay request for the cities to continue issuing tickets during the appeal.

However, Appel granted Cedar Rapids an alternate request to continue operating the traffic camera equipment for data collection purposes without issuing citations during the appeal.

Cedar Rapids stopped issuing tickets generated after April 25.

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