Fort Dodge Considering Traffic Cameras, Radars

Cameras mounted atop polls near the intersections of Kimberly Rd. and Brady Street in Davenport, IA., are shown Jan. 17, 2006. The cameras are designed to catch speeding cars passing through the intersection. A judge has ruled that Davenport's speed and red light cameras violate state law, a decision the city will likely appeal as plaintiffs' attorneys seek repayment on thousands of fines issued by the system. The ruling was issued Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, by District Court Judge Gary McKenrick, who agreed with the plaintiffs' argument that the city doesn't have the authority to adopt an ordinance that conflicts with the state motor vehicle code.(AP Photo / Quad-City Times, John Schultz).


By Aaron Hepker

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — City leaders in Fort Dodge say they're considering using cameras and radars to catch motorists who speed and run red lights.

The Messenger in Fort Dodge reports that police chief Tim Carmody told the City Council on Monday he is interested in putting a similar system into a vehicle that could be moved around the city where there are speeding complaints. The system could be used to generate traffic tickets.

A company that has supplied red light cameras in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Muscatine gave a presentation at Monday's City Council meeting. The council didn't schedule additional action on the idea.

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