Mark Manuel

Mark Manuel

Mark Manuel can be heard in the Quad Cities on 101-3 KISS-FM and BIG 106.5, as well as in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids on 100.7 The Fox. Thanks for...Full Bio


Traffic Cameras Might Be HISTORY Soon!!

Increase Use Of CCTV For Traffic Fines Raises ?300 Million

FINALLY...the state of Iowa may be doing away with speed/traffic enforcement cameras! An Iowa House panel approved the measure and, if passed, would go into effect July 1st! The BAD news: Any tickets you get between now and then would still have to be paid.

I got one (actually two) tickets at 3:30 am back when I did mornings. It was the corner of Elmore and Kimberly...I turned right on red, but apparently I didn't come to a "full and complete stop." Probably because I was the ONLY vehicle at that intersection. I did the ol' "Missouri roll"...looked...then proceeded. When I called the police department, they graciously said they would tear up that ticket and explained the law to me. THEN...informed me that I had gotten ANOTHER ONE that morning, which they would NOT be tearing up! Oh well...lesson learned. UNTIL LAST YEAR...when I got one on US 61 in Muscatine for going 47 in a 35...don't remember seeing the speed limit change and I don't recall seeing a sign warning of "photo enforcement." Which is part of the problem.

One of the arguments is that these cameras are nothing more than a way for the city to make additional revenue. Police departments argue it's about safety...although, I can rack up a thousand tickets, pay them, and I STILL have my license and it WON'T affect my insurance. So is it REALLY about safety?


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