Review ordered of "ticket-avoiding" license plates in Iowa

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

is upset about the number of specialized license plates that have been given to state, local and federal agencies.

More than 3 thousand plates have been issued that exempt the vehicles from getting traffic camera tickets.

Despite the fact that the plates were originally intended for people doing undercover work.

The $75 to $200 red light and speeding camera tickets are usually waved for vehicles with these special plates.

Brandstad has ordered

state transportation officials

to cut the number of the special plates.

He also wants a review of how many tickets have been issued and how many violations were not pursued.

The order comes after an

Associated Press

report that revealed 350 government agencies in the state were given these special plates.