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Iowa police chiefs defend traffic cameras

Oct 31, 2013

ANKENY (AP) — Several Iowa police chiefs spoke out Wednesday against proposed rules for traffic cameras, but a state official said the chiefs are just protecting a revenue source.

The Des Moines Register reports the chiefs spoke at a public hearing in Ankeny sponsored by the Iowa Transportation Department about proposed rules requiring local officials to explore and implement other options for traffic issues before placing cameras on state highways. The proposed rules would not apply to city or county roads.

The proposed Transportation Department rules also would allow the placement of cameras only in areas with a history of crashes or in school zones, and the cameras couldn’t be considered a long-term solution to problems.

Police chiefs argued at the hearing that the cameras are reducing crashes by catching people speeding and running red lights.

Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman said traffic safety along Interstate 380 has improved significantly since cameras were installed.

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