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Police Sound Off on Traffic Camera Debate
ANKENY (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--One by one, police sounded off on the Iowa Department of Transportation Wednesday against rules they say would endanger drivers on highways and interstates.
What price are you willing to put on a human life, asked Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman.
We put officers lives in danger as well as the motor republic, said Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young.
Its the first time the DOT is getting feedback on new rules which would make traffic cameras a last option for cities and counties.
Cities would have to explain their need for the cameras, proving if the area is high-risk or has had a lot of crashes.
Rules police say would cause many of those cameras to be taken down, threatening public safety.
Since those cameras have been in operation, no deaths have occurred on the S-curve in that interstate, said Chief Jerman. Thats quite telling and justifies our need to have them.
But some say the debate over I-DOTs new rules arent about safety at all.
Its truly about the money, said Cedar Rapids resident David Beer.
Beer says getting rid of traffic cameras would mean fewer citations and less revenue.
These speed cameras are not helping us, Beer said during the meeting.
But police say the answer is much simpler.
Nobody likes to be cited for speeding, Jerman said. Dont speed, and you wont get a ticket.