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Sioux City argues for its day in court over traffic cameras


Sioux City tries to slow down a motion by the state regarding speed cameras.

Monday, attorneys argued against the state's motion to dismiss Sioux City's lawsuit over traffic camera laws.

The hearing lasted just 15 minutes. During that time, both sides presented arguments in a case centered on those red light and speed cameras dotting Sioux City's roads.

After the Iowa Department of Transportation passed new rules governing the use of traffic cameras, Sioux City filed a lawsuit against the state.

The rules require a city to submit data to prove their use is for safety, not financial gain, and that they are indeed working to cut down on accidents.

This month, the city provided statistics to the state that show the cameras have caught more than 16,000 red light runners at the five DOT regulated intersections, and nearly 69,000 speeders on the interstate.

Sioux City's lead attorney on the case, Justin VonDrak, says the city is not appealing the process but the actual rules themselves, which he says is flawed and infringes on a city's right to home rule.

However, the state argued that instead of filing suit, the city should have taken one more step, by appealing to the DOT, instead of going straight to the courts. Because, they say, Sioux City didn't exhaust all of its options, the state believes the judge should throw out the lawsuit.

Judge James Scott has 60 days to hand down his written ruling.

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