IOWA CITY – People will have a chance March 9 to sign a petition against the use of red-light cameras and other traffic surveillance devices in Iowa City.
A local citizen’s group trying to outlaw traffic-enforcement cameras, license-plate readers and drones in Iowa City will hold its first signature drive event from 2-5 p.m. at I.C. Pit Stop, 300 Kirkwood Ave.
Iowa City residents Aleksey Gurtovoy and Martha Hampel are leading an effort to try to force the City Council to either repeal the city ordinance allowing traffic-enforcement cameras or to put the matter to a public vote. No cameras are up yet.
Opponents need the signatures of at least 2,500 registered Iowa City voters by early April as part of the petition process.
But even with a successful petition, the City Council may not have to act. The City Attorney’s Office has said city law requires another year to pass before the ordinance can be revisited, although Gurtovoy and Hampel have argued otherwise.