Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids mayors back cameras


March 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — The mayors of Council Bluffs and Cedar Rapids are defending their cities’ use of traffic enforcement cameras. They’re also welcoming comments from key lawmakers who say effort to ban the devices seem to have stalled in the Legislature. Speaking Friday on the Iowa Public Television program, “Iowa Press,” Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan and Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett called the cameras a cheap and effective way to reduce accidents and slow down traffic. Corbett says officials aren’t trying to gouge anyone with citations, but they want motorists to follow the law. They welcomed comments from House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, who acknowledged he doesn’t have enough votes to ban the cameras. Paulsen says that could change.