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New Traffic Camera Rules

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) --
   New rules will soon go into effect that 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 Legislature's Administrative Rules Review Committee, a group of five Democrats and five Republicans, did not vote on the rules Friday. That means the regulations will go into effect Feb. 12.
   The rules will require local agencies to show cameras are targeting "high-crash or high-risk locations." They will have to justify renewal every year.
   Local officials have criticized the rules, saying the state is taking away local control.
   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.

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