AMES, Iowa – April 27, 2018 – The Iowa Department of Transportation issues the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling regarding the regulation of automated traffic enforcement (ATE) systems that was released earlier today:
We respect and uphold the Court’s decision, which places regulation of ATE systems in the hands of the legislature.
Based on the decision, the three cities involved in the litigation (Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and Muscatine) may immediately resume operation of the cameras we ordered removed if they choose to. We will no longer enforce our ATE rules and will not require municipalities that use overhead ATE systems on the state highway system to justify their placement or use based on traffic safety considerations. However, municipalities that wish to establish ATE systems must still obtain a right-of-way permit to physically affix cameras and other ATE system hardware to state highway structures.
Contact: Andrea Henry at 515-239-1730 or firstname.lastname@example.org