Iowa City Moves Toward Banning Traffic Cameras

Traffic passes through the intersection of Clinton and Dubuque streets Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in downtown Iowa City.The intersection was one of the proposed sites for a new red light camera, but the Iowa City city council passed the first reading of a measure to repeal the ordinance required for the cameras to be installed. (Brian Ray/KCRG-TV9)

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By Richard Pratt

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The City Council in Iowa City has taken a step toward barring traffic cameras.

It gave first approval to the measure on Tuesday. Two more votes for the measure are required before it can go into effect.

The council approved traffic enforcement cameras last year. A group of Iowa City residents subsequently conducted a petition drive against the council's action.

City Council members said they'll pursue the issue again in the future, after the state develops rules for the cameras' use.

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