Red Lights Cameras Coming to Des Moines

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A Gatso USA systems engineer makes adjustments to the red light camera aimed at the northbound lanes at the intersection of Edgewood Rd. NE and 42nd St. NE on Thursday, April 8, 2010, in northeast Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

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By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa - New Des Moines red light traffic cameras could be taking your picture by the end of the year.

It's a similar system to cameras set up along Hickman Road in Clive for the past two years. On Monday night, the Des Moines City Council voted to hire a Massachusetts company called Gatso USA to install the cameras. It's the same company that operates red light and speed cameras in Cedar Rapids. Police say the red light cameras will likely end up at five of the most dangerous intersections in Des Moines. Speed cameras will be installed at several spots along Interstate 235. But don't worry. You'll have plenty of warning.

“There won't be an intersection with a video camera where there won't be a sign warning you of electronic enforcement ahead,“ said Capt. Doug Harvey of the Des Moines Police Department.

Fines for running a red light camera or getting caught on a freeway speed camera will start at $65. The cameras should be ready to go by the end of the year.

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