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DOT looking at new guidelines for cameras


It's no secret traffic cameras make some people see red. The Department of Transportation plans to launch some new guidelines early next year.

The DOT proposed some new guidelines for speed and red light cameras as it wants to make sure they're safe for drivers on the road.

The state held public hearings in October to get input on the cameras that bring big bucks to local communities. Some news reports show they produce more than 200,000 tickets and $13 million in fines each year.

The director of the DOT spent time with the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce this week. He says his department is now looking over all the public comments about the issue, before deciding what to do.

"From my perspective, it's been very positive I think. The public appreciates having a transportation process to how these decisions get made," said Paul Trombino, Director Iowa DOT.

Another big issue for the Siouxland area when it comes to transportation is Highway 20. Local business leaders says it's important the road that runs through the state becomes four-lanes.

There's still a stretch between Correctionville and Early that isn't finished and will take years to complete.

"While significant progress has been made in the past few years, we are going to continue to urge Dir. Trombino, the governor, and the commissioners to finish 4-laning Highway 20," said Chris McGowan, President of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.

The state currently has $150 million to spend on Highway 20 though the year 2018, but, that will still leave 30-miles left to finish.

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