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Waterloo Council Okays City-Run Traffic Ticket Program
Some Concerned About Potential for Racial Profiling
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The Waterloo City Council gave its final approval last(Mon) night to a city-run traffic ticket program.

The council voted 6-1 in favor of the ordinance, opposed only by Councilman Pat Morrissey, who wanted to give the city's Human Rights Commission more time to review the proposal before it became law. His motion to table the third reading of the ordinance was voted down.

The ordinance creates new municipal fines that police officers can impose instead of issuing state traffic tickets. For example: A motorist now will be fined $75 for speeding at 11 mph over the limit. The citation won't go onto the violator's record and the fine will go to the city. A state ticket for the same offense would cost $222 in fines and court costs and be included on a person's record.

Some residents had asked that the council decision be delayed so concerns about racial profiling could be addressed, but Police Chief Dan Trelka says there are some other components to the ordinance that have not yet been brought to the council.

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