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Iowa Senate OKs Camera Ban Plan
N.H. House Approves Seat-Belt Law

Iowa Senate OKs Camera Ban Plan

The Iowa Senate narrowly passed an amendment to ban red-light cameras, which two judges already had ruled were unlawfully used to issue citations in central and eastern Iowa, the Associated Press reported.

The amendment, which passed 28-22, is part of a larger transportation bill heading to the state’s House of Representatives.

Sen. Pat Ward (R) proposed the amendment after two judges ruled traffic cameras in Clive and Davenport were unlawful. Both cities have suspended their camera systems while appeals are processed, AP said.

Ward said the cameras were an invasion of privacy and wrongly targeted the offending vehicle’s owner, rather than its driver, AP reported. Transport Topics

N.H. House Approves Seat-Belt Law

New Hampshire would give up its status as the only state without a mandatory seat belt law for adults under a bill passed by the state House of Representatives, the Associated Press reported.

The House voted 153-140 this month to send the measure to the state Senate. New Hampshire would qualify for a $3.7 million federal highway grant if it passes the law, AP said.

The bill would make failure to use a seat belt a primary offense in New Hampshire, allowing police to pull over and ticket drivers who don’t buckle up.

New Hampshire currently requires children up to age 18 to wear restraints but not adults., AP reported. Transport Topics