Dubuque Council to Wait for State Decision on Traffic Cameras

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter


By Aaron Hepker

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The possibility of installing red light traffic cameras in Dubuque is on hold. At least, until the state legislature makes a decision.

Dubuque is the latest city to consider installing the cameras. Iowa law-makers are considering a ban on red light and speed cameras across the state. That issue took center stage a Dubuque City Council meeting Monday night.

City council members asked a lot of questions and seemed to have varying opinions of what is fair for Dubuque. Council members also learned that the city doesn’t have to pay the camera company anything to install or maintain the cameras.

In this case, Red Flex Traffic Systems makes their money by getting a cut of revenue from the tickets. The city keeps the rest of the money.

The Dubuque Police Department laid out exactly how they would use the cameras to catch drivers running red lights and likely issue a ticket for about $100.

An organized group of people in the audience at the meeting said red light cameras are unfair. They call them “Big Brother” and say the cameras are just a way for the city to make money.

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