Iowa district's new school bus cameras questioned

Monday, July 21, 2014

Critics say newly installed stop-arm cameras on Iowa City school buses violate the city’s traffic camera ban that, when adopted in 2013, was considered rare and possibly unique nationally.

At minimum, they said these cameras, which help identify motorists passing school buses illegally, violate the spirit of the law.

“Luckily for Iowa City, Chapter 11 of Title 9 of the City Code makes this ill-conceived money-grabbing scheme illegal,” said Aleksey Gurtovoy, one of the founders of Stop Big Brother, which led the successful petition drive to ban red light cameras, speed cameras, and other surveillance tools, “I guess nobody on the school board bothered to check the code.”

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