3,200 Iowa license plates have designation that allows them to avoid tickets

3,200 Iowa license plates have designation that allows them to avoid tickets

More than 3,200 license plates issued to local, state and federal agencies have a designation that allows them to avoid tickets from Iowa traffic cameras, state records show.

A recent speeding incident involving Gov. Terry Branstad’s state SUV inadvertently revealed how cities give a break to some government vehicles caught on red-light and speed cameras, which are increasingly being used to enforce traffic laws and generate revenue. Several cities said they do not issue tickets to the drivers of government vehicles that have a special designation in which their plates are not in police databases.

Several officials on Tuesday questioned such widespread use of license plates that allow government employees to be treated differently from other Iowa motorists.

“I don’t think anybody should be above the law,” said state Sen. Tim Kapucian, R-Keystone. “If you and I go through a red-light camera, we are going to get a ticket. So everyone else should, too.”

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