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Iowa DOT review finds government plates missing, misused

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A report by the Iowa Department of Transportation says government agencies have lost or misused more than 200 undercover license plates that were supposed to be used for sensitive work.
The DOT report released Thursday says 167 such plates are missing, 46 weren't necessary for the work that was being performed and 18 were being used for purposes that were not authorized by state law.
The purpose of issuing the ordinary-looking plates is to allow police and government officials to conduct work that could be disrupted if their identities were known. But those plates also allow the vehicles to avoid tickets from some traffic cameras.
Gov. Terry Branstad ordered the review in July after The Associated Press reported that 3,200 plates had been issued to local, state and federal agencies.



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