Cedar Rapids, Iowa may refund $3 million in automated traffic camera tickets, waive $14 million in old tickets

 Thousands of people who had their state income taxes withheld last year to pay old automated traffic camera tickets would get refunds while tens of thousands more unpaid tickets would be waived under a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit.

The city of Cedar Rapids would refund $3 million to settle a January 2018 lawsuit led by WHO-AM 1040 personality Simon Conway over a city collection effort launched days before Christmas two years ago.

City officials said they would no longer attempt to collect unpaid tickets issued before Aug. 31, 2018, under the automated camera program, which amounts to about 177,000 tickets.

“To avoid additional time and expense to all parties involved, the city recommends settling this before going to trial,” Finance Director Casey Drew told City Council members Tuesday.

The city does not admit wrongdoing in the settlement, and it has no bearing on the city’s current use of traffic cameras used to enforce speeding and red-light running violations at nine locations, including four on Interstate 380. The traffic cameras have prevailed over several constitutional challenges.