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Waterloo council OKs traffic ticket program

June 12, 2018

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The City Council has given its final approval for a traffic ticket program in Waterloo.

The council voted 6-1 in favor at its meeting Monday.

The ordinance creates new municipal fines that police officers can impose instead of issuing state traffic tickets. For example: A motorist now will be fined $75 for speeding at 11 mph (18 kph) over the limit. The citation won’t go onto the violator’s record and the fine will go to the city. A state ticket for the same offense would cost $222 in fines and court costs and be included on a person’s record.

Some residents had asked that the council votes be delayed so the Waterloo Human Rights Commission could review the proposal to ensure it wouldn’t encourage racial profiling. The council didn’t delay.

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