If You’ve Gotten a Camera Ticket, Iowa May Have to Pay You Back
The debate has been strong over the years about the true legality of these cameras.
The debate is certainly heated no matter what side of the fence you sit on with the traffic camera issue. What is not debatable is that the state and local government is making all the money, and the drivers are the ones paying.
This doesn't sit well with many citizens who are aware of their rights. They feel it's unconstitutional and a violation of due process. To add validation to their concerns, an appellate court in Ohio, made a ruling against in a class-action lawsuit for the same reasons.
According to TheNewsPaper.com,
"The appellate judges agreed with the lower court that the case was particularly well suited to a class action since every ticket recipient suffered the same injury -- a ticket -- and would seek the same relief -- a refund -- all of which could be efficiently resolved in a single proceeding. If the court does find the program unconstitutional, all citations will be void and the city and Optotraffic would have to refund every dollar collected."
If this previous ruling sets precedent, traffic cams and past tickets could have some serious dollar refunds attached to it. Could a similar judgement happen in Iowa? Let me know your thoughts.