Iowa Patch Poll: Time to Pull the Plug on Speed Cameras?
A longtime opponent to automated traffic cameras says cities aren’t as interested in protecting public safety as they are in protecting a revenue stream.
An Iowa lawmaker has renewed his fight to outlaw speed cameras statewide, including those already operational in a number of Iowa cities, saying cities and counties that use them are more interested in creating revenue than increasing public safety.
Sen. Brad Zaun, an Urbandale Republican, introduced Senate File 19 banning automated traffic enforcement cameras, the Des Moines Register reported. A similar ban was approved last year in the Republican-controlled House last year, but died in the Senate, where it again faces stiff opposition.
Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal recently told Iowa reporters that data gathered by Council Bluffs suggest the cameras reduce crashes and serious injuries, but Zaun said opposition to a measure last year to cap fines at $50 exposed the true reason for local governments’ opposition to the ban: protecting a revenue stream.