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Councilors to move forward with repealing red-light cameras ordinance

BY KRISTEN EAST | JUNE 17, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Iowa City City Council will move on an ordinance that would repeal the automatic traffic-enforcement law already in place, as well as ban the use of drones and automatic license-plate recognition systems.

The city councilors approved the first consideration of the ordinance on a 7-0 vote at their last meeting, June 4.

The city councilors approved a red-light cameras ordinance in February 2012, but they now hope to repeal the ordinance as Iowa cities wait on the state Transportation Department’s stance on the use of automatic traffic enforcement.

The City Council was forced to take action after two Iowa City residents gathered more than 4,000 signatures petitioning against the law.

The city councilors will vote on the second consideration of the ordinance at their next meeting, Tuesday, and city staff has requested expedited action on the item.


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