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Businessman Fights Uique Traffic Ticket

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- David Beer's driving record is almost spotless…
 
“I'm 56 years old and I've never had a moving violation,” Beer said.
 
…almost spotless.
 
Back in April, Beer, owner of Five Seasons Auto Rebuilder rented a minivan to a woman who had just brought in her totaled car. Days later traffic cams on 380 caught her going 13 miles over the speed limit
 
Beer says the customers response, was unexpected.
 
“Her comment to me was hey it's a rental car, I can do whatever I want, there are no consequences, and you can't do anything to me,” Beer said.
 
Beer says the customer was right.

“Small claims actions are rarely successful.”

However, he now had a problem on his hands.

“None of my employees or myself was speeding, but we'll have to be responsible,” Beer said.
 
Beer took pleaded his case to the Cedar Rapids Police Department and a hearing officer.

“The city ordinance indicates that the person be held liable is the registered owner, and he was the registered owner of this vehicle,” volunteer hearing officer Verle Allan said.

Allan ruled against him.

“I held Mr. Beer liable on his case.

After the hearing, Beer was disappointed.

“Probably the first time in history you get a speeding ticket without driving,” Beer said.

He says changes should be made to the city’s ordinance so people like him don't suffer the same fate.

“Redoing the ordinance so that it’s more effective for the citizens and safety, and gives a little more flexibility.”
 
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