Panel Approves New Rules For Red Light, Speed Cameras

Traffic flows along the northbound lanes of Interstate 380 as workers install speed cameras on a road sign north of the H Avenue NE interchange on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, in northeast Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/SourceMedia Group News)

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By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A legislative panel has given final approval to rules that give state transportation officials control over whether speed and red light cameras are placed by cities and counties on state supervised highways and interstates.

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a group of five Democrats and five Republicans, considered the new rules for a second time Friday. The rules will go into effect Feb. 12.

The rules would require local agencies to show cameras are targeting "high-crash or high-risk locations." They would have to justify renewal every year.

Local officials have criticized the rules, saying the state is taking away local control.

Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Sioux City have cameras on interstates that would be regulated by the new rules. The state has no laws governing their use.

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