SIOUX CITY (KTIV)- Some changes to the laws that regulate Sioux City's traffic and speed cameras will officially go into effect as of Wednesday, February 12.
But the rules don't mean the cameras will be shut off for good. At least, not yet.
According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, the guidelines that will go into effect on Wednesday are simply to make sure safety is the top priority when cities in Iowa install their camera systems, meaning Sioux City's traffic data will be closely monitored.
The Iowa DOT has been working on these new rules for almost two years now, which will allow the DOT to analyze data from every camera system in place in the state.
Currently, the traffic camera rules are only decided by the city government.
Once crash numbers and safety ratings are analyzed on a city by city basis, the state will decide whether or not the cameras can stay. If the DOT believes a different method for traffic enforcement can be used, the cameras will likely be ruled out within that specific city.
The Administrative Rule Review Committee, made up of five Republicans and five Democrats from Iowa, has been a part of the task force for drafting these rules and putting them into effect.
On Friday, the committee chose not to vote on the new rules, meaning the changes will start February 12. "We'll work with the cities if we feel like we have concerns or feel like there needs to be modifications, or if there's other safety counter-measures that we feel should be implemented in place of, or in addition to the systems," Steve Gent, Iowa DOT Office Director of Traffic and Safety said.
Sioux City's traffic cameras have been in place for almost 5 years, but the city council has been leaving traffic camera revenue out of their budget planning this year in the event that the Iowa DOT decides Sioux City's traffic cameras can't stay.
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