Iowa Senate passes ammendment banning red light cameras
The Senate narrowly passed an amendment Monday to ban red-light cameras, which two judges have already ruled were unlawfully used to issue citations in central and eastern Iowa.
The amendment, which passed 28-22, is part of a larger transportation bill that heads to the House.
"I propose using police officers rather than red-light cameras to enforce safety in this state," said the amendment's sponsor, Sen. Pat Ward, R-West Des Moines.
Ward proposed the amendment after two judges ruled that traffic cameras in Clive and Davenport are unlawful. Both cities have suspended the camera systems while appeals are processed.
Ward said the cameras are an invasion of privacy and wrongly target the owner of the offending vehicle, not the driver.
Sometimes they get it right.