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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The Iowa Department of Transportation has denied the City of Cedar Rapids' appeal regarding traffic enforcement cameras.

In March, the Iowa DOT ruled that the City of Cedar Rapids needed to move several of their traffic enforcement cameras because they violated DOT rules.

The evaluation said the city needed to disable or remove the speed detection from the cameras at 1st Avenue and 10th Street SE, move the northbound cameras on I-380 at Diagonal Drive and the southbound cameras on I-380 at J Avenue, and remove or disable the northbound cameras on I-380 at J Avenue and the southbound cameras on I-380 at 1st Avenue.

The city argued that the DOT was not authorized to regulate the placement of the cameras through administrative rules, didn't comply with all rule making requirements and violated the city's home rule authority.

Cedar Rapids mayor Ron Corbett says the city now has to decide if they are going to take the case to court, or if they are going to comply. Corbett says that decision should be made in the next week or so. The DOT has not given the city a deadline to make the decision.

In the meantime, Corbett says any person who receives a ticket from any of the cameras in question is expected to pay that ticket. 

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