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Eastern Iowa reacts to DOT traffic camera reviews

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - After years of controversy changes are now coming to the speed cameras all over the state. Some have to be shut off or taken down.

"I think it's a good idea to take them down," said Angie Miller, who lives in Shellsburg. 

"I don't see why they need to take them down," said Lyle Lemke, who lives in Hiawatha. "If people are speeding, they're speeding. They need to get caught."

In Cedar Rapids, the Iowa Department of Transportation has decided the city does not need four sets of cameras to improve safety on the S-curve of  Interstate 380. They want the ones as you're exiting the curve to come down.

"Those really do not have the same safety impact as you're approaching the downtown area," said Steve  Gent, Director of Traffic and Safety for the Iowa DOT.

The cameras as you enter downtown Cedar Rapids from the north or south will stay up. They're just going to move a little bit. That's because the DOT says those cameras are too close to where the speed limit changes.  Moving them will also put the cameras closer the actual curve in the roadway.

Despite the changes for all four cameras -- the mayor says all tickets previously issued are still valid.

"There won't be any refunds and the DOT is allowing us to keep all the cameras up until April 17th," said Ron Corbett, Cedar Rapids Mayor. 

The DOT said the validity of tickets is up to each city. The Cedar Rapids City Attorney is out of town this week. The city has 30 days to appeal. 

The DOT is also recommending changes to some of the other cameras in the city on state highways. You can view the full review here.


Not all of the cameras in Cedar Rapids are under DOT supervision. There are some on city streets which will remain in place.


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