Traffic cam bill being considered

By: KLKN Newsroom

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska lawmakers are considering a bill that would protect residents from having to pay tickets generated by Iowa traffic cameras.

Senator Bill Kintner of Papillion presented the measure Thursday to the Judiciary Committee. It’s modeled after a new South Dakota law that prohibits officials from releasing information about the state’s registered drivers.

Without that information, camera operators can’t send a bill to the owner of a car caught speeding or running a red light. South Dakota’s law has drawn the ire of police in neighboring Sioux City, Iowa.

Kintner says vehicle owners who receive tickets aren’t given the chance to confront their accusers, and his bill would prevent outside governments from “using our citizens as ATMs” to generate revenue. The bill is LB316.