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POLL: Iowans Favor Traffic Camera Ban; What Do You Think?

The newest Iowa Poll says Iowans, by a very slim margin, want to ban both speed and red-light cameras. What do you say?

Iowans are divided on the issue of red-light and speed cameras, but a slight majority wants them banned, according to the Des Moines Register's newest Iowa Poll.

A bill in the Iowa Legislature would do just that. The bill passed the House Transportation Committee last week, but the Senate is less enthusiastic

Clive, Cedar Rapids, Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Davenport, and Des Moines already have cameras. Urbandale city officials have said they are not interested in adding them.

Both Urbandale's legislators oppose the cameras, with state Sen. Brad Zaun being more focused on the issue. Zaun opposes Windsor Heights' plan to add speed cameras on its ten-block stretch of interstate as a move more motivated by a desire for revenue than a needed safety measure. 

Zaun wrote about his position for Patch on Feb. 9 and Windsor Heights Police Chief Dennis McDaniel responded with corrections and rebuttals in the story's comments section.

The Iowa Poll was conducted Feb. 12-15 and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points either way -- which is significant given the Iowa Poll shows Iowans oppose red-light cameras by just 4 percentage points and speed cameras by just 5 percentage points.

What do you think?

Ben Dover April 06, 2012 at 10:07 PM
"ME" Nice job of explaining the whole traffic camera scam. If you really want to educate yourself to the nationwide battle against traffic cameras go to http://www.meetup.com/camerafraud/ One of the biggest issues is the fact that the municipalites are allowing the camera companies like RedFlex to come in and set up the cameras, own the equipment, write the citations and then share in the revenue from the citations. The cities want the MONEY so bad that they will turn a blind eye to the fact that they have now allowed a private company to profit from writing as many citations as possible.The more MONEY these cameras generate the more they want to put up more cameras, this is what business is all about. Do we allow police officers to keep part of the citations they write, HECK NO! Could you imagine if we did?? The people on here (and out in the public) that keep commenting "don't break the law and you don't have anything to worry about" don't have a clue wants going on or what this is really all about?? It's about letting private industry into r lives and making a profit when we make a mistake. And we all make mistakes. Sioux City's KTIV just released their poll yesterday and it showed over 65 percent of the public wanted the cameras banned! R state Senators from the larger cities killed this bill last year, this year they r trying to do the same thing.
Joe Wilson April 26, 2012 at 05:55 PM
"Respect for law enforcement and public officials further erodes" - that's where I'm at with this money grab. I slow down for the cameras, I know where they are, but buddy watch out when the cameras are not around. I have absolutely zero respect for the Cedar Rapids Police Department or the city council, and I think someone ought to organize a group to find out which council members support these $cameras and VOTE THEM OUT!
Protect Privacy November 21, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Yes people who speed should be fined for breaking the law. However, they also have the right to be served by a human being that can assess their physical condition. A camera will not be able to tell if a person is having a diabetic seizure that can easily lead to accidental speeding. This is not a debate of should law breakers be punished, but should cameras be able to serve tickets and take human interaction away from our legal system. I say no they should not.
David Leonard November 22, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Throw the bums in jail who break laws I don't, but make sure I'm not going to get caught breaking the laws I do.
W. Bland May 01, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Most of thease accidents are rear enders which occure when a law abiding person stops when the light turns yellow and the following car driver speeds up trying to beat the red light. The Iowa Code is clear on trafic lights. Read and obey.

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