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Agency criticizes Sioux City over traffic cameras

The city filed its petition March 7. It called the rules difficult to comply with and argued that they are too broad and unconstitutional.

The Associated Press

4/2/2014

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Sioux City's claims about new state regulations on automated traffic cameras are "outlandish," the Iowa Department of Transportation says in court documents.

The agency, which said the claims amount to speculation, filed a motion Thursday to dismiss a petition by the city challenging the regulations, the Sioux City Journal reported (http://bit.ly/PeONKO ). No hearings have been scheduled.

The regulations went into effect Feb. 17. They require that cities and other municipalities submit crash data by May 1 to justify the use of cameras along state roads. Transportation officials said they wanted to make sure the cameras were used to increase safety and not generate ticket revenue.

The city filed its petition March 7. It called the rules difficult to comply with and argued that they are too broad and unconstitutional.

Department officials, who said the claims are not fit for court review, said Sioux City cannot push the petition until it "has exhausted all adequate administrative remedies and is aggrieved or adversely affected by any final agency action."

The agency said Sioux City has not submitted crash data yet, and thus can't show it's been adversely affected because no rulings have been issued for the city.

Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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