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    Iowa City Nears Traffic Camera Ban

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    Iowa City drivers are on the brink of getting an extra 2 years of freedom from red light cameras, drones, and other auto-ticketing technologies. Two more votes, and the move becomes official.

    Iowa City drivers are on the brink of getting an extra 2-years of freedom from red light cameras, drones, and other auto-ticketing technologies.

    In an early stage consideration, the city council voted to repeal their allowance for the machines’ use. Two more votes, and the move becomes official.

    The vote came as the result of a petition that was submitted requesting that the devices be banned or their use be put up for a public vote.

    As the city doesn’t yet have the cameras and the state has no existing rules at this time, staffers agreed delaying their implementation would be prudent.

    Nationwide, red light cameras have been around for a while. The first ones were installed in New York in 1992.

    Their use is now authorized by about half of US states.

    The devices may automatically generate tickets, but the claims are looked over by real people before being sent along. It’s estimated that reviewers in most cities reject about 40 percent of the red light violations captured by the cameras.