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Mom watches as Senate approves tougher traffic law

From left, Jody Dosser of Osage, thanks Sens. Keith Kreiman of Bloomfield and Amanda Ragan of Mason City for supporting SF 2109. Dosser was at the Senate to watch the debate on the bill, which is known as “Jermiah’s Law,” in memory of Dosser’s son who was killed in 2007 in Altoona by a motorist who ran a red light. Sen. Kreiman was the chief sponsor of the bill. The current penalty for running a red light is a $35 fine. Under the proposed legislation, if a driver runs a red light and someone is seriously injured as a result, the driver will be subject to a fine of up to $500 and/or suspension of driving privileges for up to 90 days. If someone dies as a result of a driver running a red light, the fine can be up to $1,000 and suspension of driving privileges for up to 180 days. “Jermiah’s Law” passed in the Senate by a vote of 47-0 and now goes before the Iowa House.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

A. I support the ordinance
B. I do not support the ordinance
C. Not sure
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