Special plates let thousands of Iowa vehicles avoid tickets

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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:00 am

IOWA CITY (AP) — More than 3,200 license plates issued to local, state and federal agencies have a designation that allows them to avoid tickets from Iowa traffic cameras, according to data obtained by the Associated Press.

A recent speeding incident involving Gov. Terry Branstad’s state sport utility vehicle inadvertently revealed how cities give a break to some government vehicles caught on red-light and speed cameras, which are increasingly being used to enforce traffic laws and generate revenue.

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