Local

Traffic Camera Debate Continues

Photo: clipart.com

Traffic Camera Debate Continues

The director of the Iowa D-O-T says there’s “mixed” research data about whether automated traffic enforcement cameras improve safety or actually cause more wrecks. Paul Trombino’s agency has proposed rules which would require cities and counties to show safety would be improved on stretches of state highways and interstates where traffic cameras are located.

Law enforcement officials in cities like Clive, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Sioux City say the strategic use of traffic cameras improves safety. Trombino says there also is data suggesting traffic cameras cause more accidents.


Unless a legislative committee that reviews state agency rules imposes a delay, the D-O-T rules on traffic enforcement cameras along state highways and interstates will go into effect early next year. Efforts to ban traffic cameras or to limit the fines that can be levied have failed at the statehouse for the past few years, but Representative Josh Byrnes, a Republican from Osage who is chairman of the House Transportation Committee, says there’s a possibility legislators may act in 2014.


Byrnes has also asked cities with traffic cameras to provide information about how much is being paid to the private companies that run the cameras.

Recent Headlines

in National

White House bemoans lawmakers’ delay on border crisis

Fresh
border

White House officials expressed growing alarm that Congress may not approve $3.7B in emergency funds to tackle the child migration crisis.

in Local

Wayne State Registration Still Open

Fresh
education 2

Students who are thinking of higher education can still register at Wayne State College in Nebraska for the start of classes next month.

in Local

Energy Code Compliance Studied

Fresh
light switch

The Nebraska Energy Office held a statewide check of the 2009 International Energy

in Local

Noem Weighs In On Highway Bill

Fresh
Kristi Noem 20513

The US House and Senate are debating different versions of a short term fix for highway funding.

in Local

Appropriations Committee To Meet

state capitol pierre

The Joint Committee on Appropriations of the South Dakota Legislature will meet Monday in Pierre.