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Proposed Iowa bill would ban traffic cameras

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DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - A new bill proposed in the Iowa Senate is aimed at removing traffic cameras across the state.

The bill would remove both speed cameras and red light cameras by July 1. It would also allow any citation issued or mailed prior to July 1 to not be invalidated.

"I think they serve an important purpose and removing them would cost a lot of money, and I don't see a need for it," said Lolane Smith, of Des Moines.

"I think they are helpful in times. People know they're there so they kind of need to watch their speed," said Misty Darnell, of Polk County.

"I've had one ticket from one of those, and it seems like you're getting set up. Set up for failure actually," said Kris Kerns, of Nevada.

A ban on automated cameras has come before the Iowa legislature for years but always fail. State Sen. Tony Bisignano said cameras slow people down and save lives.

"People that drive through Des Moines as if, who cares, I want them to stop. I want them ticketed. Because what they've said to our residents, our families and our friends, the hell with you. I don't care. I'm in a hurry," said Bisignano

State Sen. Brad Zaun introduced the bill and said vehicle owners can wind up with a ticket when cameras catch someone else driving.

"I have not gotten one of these tickets for a long, long time, in fact, I don't know that I've even gotten one. I know that our son got one many years ago. And we've talked about this before, and I get attacked about it. I made my son pay for this ticket," said Zaun.

The full text of the proposed bill can be seen here.


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