3/30/2007Clive, Iowa Shuts Down Illegal Traffic Cameras
Court rulings force Clive, Iowa to stop issuing red light camera tickets.
The city council in Clive, Iowa on Thursday suspended its use of red light cameras in the wake of a pair of rulings declaring its photo ticket program illegal. As the city does not want to lose revenue from the program, the council also decided to file an appeal to the decisions.
Clive joins two other Iowa cities that have put a stop to red light camera programs this year. In January, Davenport was forced to suspend ticketing operations following a series of district court decisions striking down the legality of photo ticketing under Iowa law (view ruling). Sioux City also decided this week not to proceed with its plans to install red light cameras fearing it would be subject to the same challenge.
Despite four court rulings striking down the use of cameras, the city of Council Bluffs has declared it will not give up its lucrative red light camera program. In response, state Senator Pat Ward, (R-West Des Moines) plans to attach an amendment to pending legislation that would ban photo ticketing, putting an end to the issue.