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Automated Enforcement Resumes in Muscatine

City of Muscatine

The cameras are back on in Muscatine. On Friday, thanks to a ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court last year, the automated traffic enforcement cameras at five busy intersections resumed issuing citations after being turned off for a couple of years.

Assistant Police Chief Phil Sargent says the number of traffic crashes in the city dropped from 34 a year before the cameras, to 19 after automated enforcement began, with just half the number of injuries. 

"That may not sound like a lot - we don't have the number of crashes some bigger cities do, but we still have quite a few. If we can save anyone the problem of being injured in crashes, then it's a successful program. "

And the number of speeding tickets issued at one major intersection, University Drive at Highway 61, was cut in half over several years, thanks to the cameras and automated enforcement. 

He'll be watching the Iowa legislature this year to see if it tries again to eliminate traffic cameras, or enact new regulations. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.