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Man says pictures prove his speeding ticket was a mistake

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - If you drive too fast on Interstate 380 through downtown Cedar Rapids, cameras above the interstate take a picture of your license plate and you'll get a ticket.

Jim Leverington got one of those tickets. But he knew his car was at home at the time it was supposedly on the interstate.

"The first thing I did is I thought, 'Well, maybe somebody stole my car or something,'" said Leverington. "I thought they couldn't possibly have made this mistake."

He looked closer at the ticket and realized it was, in fact, a mistake.

"The picture of the lights on the car is clearly not my car," Leverington said. "And as you look closer at the picture of the license plate, that's clearly not my license plate."

On Iowa license plates, the number "0" has a dash through it -- showing the difference between the number and the letter "O."

Leverington's license plate has a zero on it. When he looked at the picture on the ticket, it was the same plate number, but there was no line through the zero.

We reached out to the Cedar Rapids Police Department, who told KWWL that an officer looks at every single violation before a ticket gets sent out.

And a case like this? Well, it's simply human error, and it's exactly why the city has an appeals process, they said.

Leverington did appeal and the police department canceled the ticket. But he worries there's a bigger problem.

"This is a big issue with their system that they can't accurately identify the license plate, the state on the license plate," said Leverington. "There may be a lot of people like me that got a citation and just went ahead and paid it because they couldn't prove otherwise."

The Cedar Rapids Police Department says appeal information is printed on the ticket drivers receive.
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