Transportation Panel Approves Traffic Camera Rules

By Brady Smith, Reporter

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)


By Aaron Hepker

AMES, Iowa - The Department of Transportation Commission voted Tuesday to approve a rule that would give the department more consistency across the state with regard to automated speed and red light cameras.

The new rule would govern implementation and placement of the cameras on primary roadways. Both fixed and mobile camera systems would be included in the rule.

Commission member Amy Reasner said traffic cameras should be considered a tool for municipalities to deal with areas prone to speeding or problem intersections, but other options should be considered before simply installing them. Other commission members agreed that cameras should not be considered a long-term solution to traffic problems, and the need for them should be evaluated on a regular basis.

The rule will now go before a review committee for approval, or to be forwarded to lawmakers for the upcoming legislative session. The earliest it would go into effect would be early 2014. The deadline for local jurisdictions to submit reports on the effectiveness of cameras on primary roads within their area would be May 1, 2014.

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