Cities mull options if traffic cameras are banned


March 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa cities that take in millions of dollars a year from automated traffic enforcement cameras are mulling over their options if lawmakers force them to shut off the devices. Legislation that would require the cameras to be removed has passed out of the House Appropriations Committee, moving it to the list of measures that can be called up for full House debate this year.
The cameras are used in seven cities, including Council Bluffs and Sioux City. Iowa City’s council voted in February to begin using the cameras. Iowa isn’t the only state interested in such a ban. Nine states have passed laws that ban the use of automated traffic cameras. Last year, legislation was introduced but did not pass in Arizona, Florida, Missouri and South Dakota.