Sen. Zumbach in Favor of Keeping Traffic Cameras

Iowa senators debated the fate of traffic enforcement cameras for nearly an hour Wednesday night, dramatically ditching a proposal to ban the cameras.

Instead, senators voted to let the cameras remain, with the fines used exclusively for public safety or roads. Republican Senator Dan Zumbach of Ryan touted the traffic cameras along I-380 in Cedar Rapids.

The first automated enforcement cameras were installed in Iowa about a dozen years ago. Since then, legislators have debated bills that would limit fines as well as legislation to completely ban the cams, but there’s never been a final resolution. Critics say out-of-state companies that review the video and mail out the citations are making too much money from the cameras. In late January, the chiefs of police in Iowa’s two largest cities told senators the cameras in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids had been placed on interstates where it’s not safe for police to pull drivers over and ticket them for speeding.


(story courtesy of Radio Iowa)