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citizens from the state of South Dakota coming into the state of Iowa, violating the traffic laws set by the state of Iowa, then returning home to the sanctuary and protection of their home state," Young wrote in an email. "What they are saying is 'Violate Iowa law, and we will protect you.' "I 29 cameras still operate in Sioux City, along with several red light traffic cameras. The Iowa Department of Transportation has adopted rules that require the city to define the reasoning for the photo enforcement at each location by May 1.Feeling targetedSome South Dakotans, including state Sen. Dan Lederman, R Dakota Dunes, argue the cameras take advantage of South Dakotans.Lederman is the prime sponsor of a proposal that seeks to stop the collection of the fines.Several drivers testified Thursday that they had been sent fines for speeding at the border, where the speed limit shifts from 65 to 55 mph."As an out of stater, I believe I was targeted," driver Jim Melhaff said. "I felt pretty helpless."Melhaff said he paid the ticket in part because he was concerned that not doing so would negatively affect his credit rating.Paul Lepisto of Pierre said he doesn't trust that the cameras are accurate, but he didn't like the idea that he had to appeal to a Sioux City police officer instead of contesting the ticket in court. It's easier to pay than fight the $168 ticket, he said."It would have taken another trip to Sioux City to contest it, and the chances of getting it overturned were between slim and none," Lepisto said.Vehicle owners can nominate others as the driver of the vehicle at the time of the offense. Lepisto, for example, was nominated by the company he'd rented a car from.Issues with appealing a civil ticket are frequent causes for concern for those opposed to automated enforcement.The city of Sioux Falls lost a lengthy court battle over a set of now defunct red light cameras at 10th Street and Minnesota Avenue after the state Supreme Court upheld a judge's ruling that civil tickets could not be issued for the criminal offense of red light running.South Dakota residents outside Sioux Falls also complained of being targeted during legislative debates on potential bans.The Reebok Classic Leather
ArgusLeader last fall tried to find out how many of those being ticketed in Sioux City were South Dakota residents. In response to the public records request, the Sioux City Police Department claimed that that the research necessary to answer the question would require 3,000 hours of research.The governor's solution was to amend South Dakota law to clarify that information about South Dakota drivers, which is available to Iowa law enforcement through an interstate compact, cannot be shared for the issuance or collection of civil fines from automated enforcement.To find out who to issue tickets to, Konenkamp said, the police department and Redflex, the Australian firm that runs the cameras, would need to subpoena the information like any other plaintiff in a civil case."This amendment will substantially curtail their ability to target South Dakota citizens," Konenkamp said.Lederman said he was pleased that the governor's office came out in support of the measure. During its initial hearing in the House Judiciary Committee and its passage through the full House, the measure did not have the governor's support."We understand that there were some issues with the original wording," Lederman said. "There's been an ongoing dialogue with the governor's staff."EffectivenessThe proposal won the committee's unanimous support and now heads to the full Senate. If successful there, the House Reebok Furylite Camouflage
would have to agree to the changes before sending the bill to the governor.Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Craig Tieszen, R Rapid City, said he understands why the tickets are frustrating for drivers, but he also noted that he has seen no evidence the cameras are catching false violations.
A Daugaard aide attended Thursday's Senate Reebok Kamikaze 1 Judiciary Committee to suggest that South Dakota could stymie speed zones in Sioux City and elsewhere in Iowa by refusing to share certain information with law enforcement across state lines. Des Moines and Cedar Rapids also use speed cameras.Automated traffic cameras at the Iowa South Dakota border on Interstate 29 in Sioux City photograph speeding vehicles. Civil fines are sent to a vehicle's registered owner."The governor's office finds what Sioux City is doing here abhorrent," Konenkamp said. "They have put together a scheme, essentially, to allow them to collect these fines without having to prove a criminal violation."Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young, who was not at the hearing, said the proposal is slap in the face to the people of Sioux City."What really is 'abhorrent' is Reebok All Terrain Super
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