Cedar Rapids Settles Lawsuit Over Traffic Cameras
The city of Cedar Rapids has agreed to terms in a settlement over issues with the automated traffic cameras. That is according to city officials at Tuesday's city council meeting.
In December of 2018, a group of 10 plaintiffs filed a class-action lawsuit against the city in Linn County District Court. The suit alleged that the city had violated state laws about the statute of limitations and due process. The lawsuit specifically mentioned the charging of late fees after tickets were issued to the plaintiffs. The parties agreed to settle the case out of court. Exact terms are not available. The city said it wanted to avoid an expensive trial.
People who are eligible for a refund will be contacted by a group called First Class Inc. They will provide instructions to the nearly 21,000 people affected by the case.
The city of Cedar Rapids said that out of 450,000 citations issued between March 2, 2010, and August 31st, 2018, only around 8 percent were involved in the lawsuit.