Speed Camera Ticket goes to Iowa Supreme Court

 

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I would have expected this to happen in Missouri -- the Show Me state.

why can't

they just waive the $75, like they do in Boston with summonses? They basically send a letter back that the fine is waived but that they feel it is accurate. Actor doesn't have to worry about the money, municipality doesn't open themselves up to precedent, and society gains in that more serious matters can be addressed.

Cedar Rapids Speed Cams

This case is significant because it is in the state Supreme Court, so the ruling could have significant implications about the legality of the cameras in Iowa. Here is a link to the op-ed that was in today's Cedar Rapids Gazette: http://www.thegazette.com/subject/opinion/blogs/at-liberty-b...

I live in this locality and this has been a hot topic for many years now and an ongoing disagreement about jurisdiction between the cities who operate the cameras and the state DOT. It is interesting how public opinion has gradually changed over time. It is my observation (totally unscientific) that local opinion has generally shifted in favor of the speed cameras on I380 through downtown Cedar Rapids. Those of us who drive this segment regularly can definitely see that the majority of drivers now obey the 55 MPH speed limit. Before the cameras were installed, people raced through the dangerous "S" curves at 70 or 80 MPH.

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just using common sense

if either party is dissatisfied with the state supreme court (remember in ny the state supreme court is the trial level so there you must say court of appeals), just now proceed to the federal court. imho our system should be such that the loser pays the winner's fees. Do I cash checks when it turns out I'm a member of a class action that I didn't even know I was a part of, of course. But part of me questions our system, yeah, I got $480 I wasn't expecting, but how much did the leads get, and then the attorneys? The latest is a $132 mil. settlement for owning a certain brand of car. Maybe I'll only get $1,000, but from where I sit, it's out of thin air and created by those who worked our court system. It's a shame (but yes I'll cash the check).

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johnnatash4 wrote:

if either party is dissatisfied with the state supreme court (remember in ny the state supreme court is the trial level so there you must say court of appeals), just now proceed to the federal court. imho our system should be such that the loser pays the winner's fees. Do I cash checks when it turns out I'm a member of a class action that I didn't even know I was a part of, of course. But part of me questions our system, yeah, I got $480 I wasn't expecting, but how much did the leads get, and then the attorneys? The latest is a $132 mil. settlement for owning a certain brand of car. Maybe I'll only get $1,000, but from where I sit, it's out of thin air and created by those who worked our court system. It's a shame (but yes I'll cash the check).

Shame, or, sham. Both may apply.