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Nearly 8,000 Des Moines drivers ticketed after traffic camera is turned back on

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines officials say nearly 8,000 tickets have been issued to speeders in the first month of renewed operation of an Interstate 235 traffic camera.

The Des Moines Register reports that the camera monitors eastbound lanes near Waveland Golf Course and was turned back on June 25.

Citations hadn’t been issued since April 26 last year, upon an order from the Polk County District Court. Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Muscatine took action to keep the cameras operating after the Iowa Transportation Department ordered some speed cameras turned off, saying the cameras didn’t make interstates safer.

This past April 27, however, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled the department didn’t have authority over speed cameras.

The Des Moines Police Department had reported an increase in speeding after the ticketing halted.
Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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