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New traffic camera rules could have big impact in Sioux City

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Traffic cameras like this one at the intersection of Business Highway 75 and Singing Hills Boulevard in Sioux City could be in jeopardy. Traffic cameras like this one at the intersection of Business Highway 75 and Singing Hills Boulevard in Sioux City could be in jeopardy.

New rules approved by Iowa transportation officials could give state officials control over speed and red light cameras on state-supervised highways.

That could mean the traffic cameras in Sioux City may be in jeopardy.

The rules approved by the Iowa Transportation Commission would require individual cities to provide justification for keeping traffic cameras around each year.

Sioux City only has a few red light cameras on state-supervised roads.
    
However, at photo-enforced intersections, the amount of accidents has dropped from a total of 233 in 2009, to 117 in 2012.

As far as the speed cameras, Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young says there has been a significant drop in motorists driving 11 mph or more over the posted limit on Interstate 29.

Young believes that this information suggests that all of the traffic cameras have helped keep drivers safe on the roads, which has been the goal ever since the cameras were installed in Sioux City.

"Our analysis indicated that we had an issue on I-29 with speeding," said Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young. "We also had some issues with certain intersections within the city of Sioux City where red light running was prevalent."

Young did not comment on the financial impact on Sioux City as a result of the Transportation Commission's decision, saying that the Sioux City Police Department has maintained the purpose for implementation of traffic cameras has always been safety.

The rules must now go through another public hearing in front of a legislative committee.
    
That hearing will likely take place in early January.
    
If the rules are approved, they will take effect in February.

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