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South Dakotans might receive fewer speeding tickets in Iowa this summer

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If you're a South Dakota driver with a lead foot, and you drive through Sioux City, Iowa, you're probably aware of the cameras along I-29.

After July 1st, you might receive fewer speeding tickets.

That's when a new law, recently signed by Governor Daugaard goes into effect.

KSFY News spoke with a lawyer about what this law means.

South Dakota state legislators asked the question 'can a camera tell who's really driving a car?'

Many say it can't.

And the message to Iowa is, if a camera issues a speeding ticket, don't expect the South Dakota DMV to give our neighbors any personal information about the car's owner.

These cameras along I-29 in Sioux City, Iowa are meant to catch speeding drivers in the act.

Lawyer Maxx Hickey said "just setting up cameras, taking pictures of a vehicle you might own, doesn't really prove that you were operating the vehicle, doesn't prove that you violated that law, and essentially, they are committing you already you're guilty committing a crime that you probably or might not have committed."

Hickey said a new South Dakota law takes issue with relying upon technology to issue a ticket.

"They'll take the picture, try to send it to the DMV, but now the DMV is instructed not to give your information out, so how the law should work, hypothetically, you shouldn't get tickets," Hickey said.

Unlike a state trooper, a camera can't tell who's really behind the wheel of your car

"They're not giving you a fair trial. I don't get to go to court and say 'hey, I wasn't driving the vehicle, my friend was, he's the one that was speeding, he should be responsible, they're just saying you violated this law, you own the vehicle, pay this fine," Hickey said.

So should you go down that road?

"I've heard attorney's giving advice of just ignore it. It's a civil fine. If you try to fight it, it turns into a civil judgment and then they can go after you. Other attorneys have said, just pay it, it's not worth fighting, it will be more expensive to fight," Hickey said.

What else can ticketed South Dakotans do?

"From people I've talked to in the community, some have ignored them and they just get some letters, and they just keep throwing the letters away. I'm not sure I would advise doing that, I would think I would look into some steps to appeal the ticket," Hickey said.

We spoke with an insurance agent this afternoon about what will happen if you get one of these tickets.

He tells us one ticket probably won't hurt you but a ticket is a ticket -- whether it was issued by an officer or a camera.

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