Sioux City has filed a lawsuit seeking to block the state Department of Transportation’s new rules limiting traffic enforcement cameras. Assistant City attorney, Justin Vondrak, filed the judicial review action in Woodbury County District Court and says the D-O-T regulations make it almost impossible for the city to use speed cameras along Interstate 29 within the city limits.
The suit asks a judge to stop the rules or at least put them on hold until the lawsuit is resolved and maintains that the rules are too broad.
The DOT rules took effect February 12th, though agency director Paul Trombino says cities don’t have to immediately remove cameras. Vondrak says the city will leave the cameras in place using the new regulations.
Vondrak says red light cameras are also still being used at various intersections in the city. Under the new rules, local agencies must prove to the D-O-T that the cameras are targeting “high-crash or high-risk locations,” and they must justify renewal every year.