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Still No Decision on Red Light and Traffic Cameras In Iowa

The future of red light cameras in Sioux City and the rest of Iowa is up in the air, after opposing bills in Senate subcommittees were approved this week. Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.  


On Wednesday, a Senate subcommittee approved a bill calling for a statewide ban on the traffic cameras that now goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee. On Thursday, another senate subcommittee voted to approve a bill to allow the cameras to continue operating in high-risk and high-crash locations. The Department of Transportation would have to approve the cameras. Money collected from the citations would be used for local road construction projects.  The Des Moines Register reports that Cedar Rapids and Des Moines police chiefs strongly endorsed using the cameras, saying they reduce crashes, save lives and prevent injuries. The measure approved Thursday will be considered by the Senate Transportation Committee.  For Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.

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