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Panel Approves Traffic Camera Rules

DES MOINES (AP) -- The Iowa Transportation Commission has approved new rules that would give state transportation officials control over whether speed and red light cameras are placed by cities and counties on state supervised highways and interstates.

The rules approved Tuesday would require local agencies to show cameras are targeting "documented high-crash or high-risk locations." They would have to justify renewal every year.

Local officials have criticized the rules, saying the state is taking away local control. Many insist the cameras make roads and intersections safer.

Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Sioux City have cameras on interstates that would be regulated by the new rules. The state has no laws governing their use.

The rules must go through another public hearing before a legislative committee before finalization, likely in February.

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