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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The Iowa Department of Transportation has decided and some speed cameras in Iowa must move or come down -- but not until April 17th.

Hours after the decision, the mayor of Cedar Rapids saying the city's cameras are legal.

"We always have the appeals process if they felt that they weren't speeding or it was a different circumstance," said Ron Corbett, Cedar Rapids mayor.

But the DOT is basing its decision on other factors, that some cameras are unnecessary for safety and others too close to where the speed limit changes.

A local attorney says drivers can use those points in appeals for tickets they receive between now and April 17th.

"At this point the DOT is on the record saying that this needs to be changed," said Brian Johnson, of Jacobsen, Johnson & Wiezorek, PLC. "Before it was all just a hypothetical and now that we've got something concrete, I think that's definitely something can put themselves in a position to challenge."

If that fails or if you're wanting a refund for a past ticket, he recommends something else.

"Their recourse is almost certainly going to be the class action suit," said Johnson.

But be warned -- those take time and your attorney would get some of the money from any potential settlement.

"The chance obviously of the full amount of the ticket then going back into the hands of the drivers is pretty small," said Johnson.

There is currently a class action lawsuit against the city's cameras in federal court.

The attorney on that case, James Larew, sent KWWL the following statement:

"Our clients believe that there have been, and that there continue to be, serious legal problems associated with the automated traffic enforcement program in Cedar Rapids. Our clients were pleased to see that some, but not all, of the issues noted by them in their Court filings were addressed by the Iowa Department of Transportation's recent Order. Our clients will continue to advance their claims in our judicial system"

KWWL reached out the city's attorney Tuesday, shortly after the DOT sent out its review. However, we were told he is out of town this week.


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