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DOT Ensures Compliance with Cameras

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2/Fox 28) -- The Iowa Department of Transportation is beginning to take a closer look at traffic cameras, specifically those that are used to enforce speed and stop light crossings.

This month, multiple cities, including Cedar Rapids, are required to submit reports to the DOT to justify their use.

The goal of the requirement, which began in February, was to create a check and balance system for the use of the cameras.  The main variable the DOT is analyzing is crashes.  Mostly, the number and severity of the crashes prior to, and after, the installation of the cameras.

In their report, Cedar Rapids reports that overall crashes are down, especially along the "S" curve of Interstate 380 through the downtown part of the city.

Cedar Rapids Police Department Chief Wayne Jerman says, "There has not been one single fatal accident in the areas the cameras are operating in since 2010."

The DOT says that it will review the reports submitted to them during the next month before they report back to the cities with the cameras.
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