Iowa Supreme Court Updates Pro-Speed Camera Ruling

The Iowa Supreme Court issued a series of decisions in September in favor of automated ticketing machines. The justices, however, failed to reach consensus on a number of key issues and the most significant opinion reflected the fractured nature of the court. The justices on Friday decided to resolve a few items that were left open in last year’s decision after Cedar Rapids demanded the high court make the findings even more favorable to the city.

“Upon review, we find that the city’s petition for rehearing is well taken,” Justice Brent R. Appel wrote in the newly revised decision.

Opponents of the speed cameras had argued the program violated state law by creating a city-controlled administrative board to declare motorists guilty when the municipal court should have had jurisdiction under the law.