Iowa DOT News Release

Iowa DOT Will Begin Rules Process for Implementation and Placement of Automated Traffic Enforcement on the Primary Highway System

Posted on: March 18, 2013

AMES, Iowa – March 18, 2013 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will soon begin the formal process of adopting rules to govern implementation and placement of automated traffic enforcement systems, both fixed and mobile, on the Primary Highway System. This includes any municipal extension of that system. The Interstate Highway System is part of the Primary Highway System. Automated traffic enforcement systems include speed and red-light camera enforcement technologies. 

In 2012, the Iowa DOT implemented guidelines to ensure consistency statewide in use of automated traffic enforcement systems on the Primary Highway System. Adoption of rules for automated traffic enforcement will provide local governmental agencies with a defined process for documenting a critical traffic safety issue at a specific location and implementing the warranted traffic safety solution(s) when automated traffic enforcement is involved. 

The Iowa DOT anticipates the rule process will be completed by the end of the year. The department is granted the authority to adopt rules under Iowa Code §§ 307.12.


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