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Traffic cameras in Davenport bring in about $1M each year. 

Now, city leaders say they are losing out on millions more because people are not paying those tickets... And they want to change that.

On Tuesday, leaders announced a new way of getting to pay. If you are caught by a traffic camera in the city and don't pay, you won't be able to register, or re-register your car. 

That goes into effect 2 months from Tuesday, but until it does, Davenport is giving drivers two months to pay any unpaid tickets with no penalty. 

"When we get to August 5, that account will be sent to the state of Iowa," explains Brandon Wright, Finance Director for Davenport. "The state will then set a registration hold on the persons vehicle registration."

For the last eight years, cameras have stood tall along Davenport roads and intersections, catching speeders and red light runners. 

Now, city leaders say it's time for people to pay up.

"We're sending out about 27,000 letters. That's not the number of fines, not the numbers of individuals. Individual people, we probably have 15-16,000 people," says Wright. 

Those numbers include people from all over the country who has been caught coming through Davenport.

Now, leaders say simply sending non-payment to collection agencies, just isn't working anymore. 

So, for people who live in Iowa, they need to get their bills paid in the next two months, or your won't be able to do anything with your cars registration. 

Under the old rules, people caught in the traffic cams had 90 days to pay a ticket before their account went to collections. That came with another $20 fine. 

Starting August 5, your will only get 60 days to pay your ticket. If you don't that will mean a $25 penalty. Until you pay it, the registration on your car is frozen. 


So what does a registration hold mean to you?
     
Essentially it means you can't do anything with the ownership of your car.  
     
You can't re-register your tags or transfer the title to another owner, at least until the ticket is paid.

But once it is - it could still take as many as 10 business days for that hold to come off.

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