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Legislature may limit fines on red light and speed camera tickets

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - Red light cameras have caught a lot of local drivers "red-handed."

And, the Sioux City city council recently approved the installation of cameras to catch speeders.

But a bill in the Iowa House could limit the amount cities can charge for a violation.

That means the revenue the city council was expecting from both cameras could be less.

The House Transportation Committee approved a bill Tuesday aimed at bringing consistency across the state with red-light and speed cameras.

The bill would limit red-light violations to $50 across the state.

For speeding violators, the fine-- also limited by the bill-- would be on a sliding scale depending on how much over the limit you're speeding.

Lawmakers say this comes about as concerned citizens address whether they're simply for public safety or a way to make money.

"We need to be concerned with striking the right balance of public safety while also making sure that fines aren't extreme or just purely a creation of some sort of revenue," Representative Chris Hall, (D) Sioux City said.

Right now, a red-light ticket in Sioux City runs drivers $195.

The council recently approved installing speed cameras on Interstate 29.

City leaders budgeted two million dollars from the cameras, in the next fiscal year, for projects like a new fire station.

And with a change to the limits, Sioux City's Mayor doesn't think it will hurt the city too much.

"It would probably affect our revenue stream, we'd have to make some adjustments but I don't think it would be critical to anything that we've planned we just have to move some money around and it certainly will not affect our tax levy," Mayor Mike Hobart, Sioux City said.

Keep in mind city leaders are kind of at a wait and see.

That's because the bill was just approved by committee, it now makes its way to the House floor for further debate.

Online Reporter Katie Gannon

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