Opponents of traffic enforcement cameras are going to take another run at banning the devices statewide this legislative session.
Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, filed three bills Wednesday dealing with red-light and speed-monitoring cameras – one that would ban the devices effective July 1, and others that would seek to place new restrictions and regulations on local governments to cap fines for violations and commit some of the revenue from the automated enforcement to other uses.
“I’m hearing from more and more Iowans,” said Zaun. “I think the support to get rid of these is growing rather than shrinking.”
Zaun said he expected the 2013 session at least would produce some limitations and restrictions on the operation of traffic-enforcement cameras.
Zaun said his preference is to ban the devices outright, but he also is looking at options to limit how much camera operators can receive as a share of the proceeds, as well as ways to require that the excess revenue generated by traffic enforcement cameras be deposited into trust accounts that fund local nonprofit organizations or provide money for people involved in accidents with uninsured drivers. He also favors putting the excess proceeds after contract obligations are paid to the camera operators should flow into the state road use tax fund.
Do you think Iowa should more strictly regulate the local use of traffic cameras for speeders and red-light runners?