OPD Chief says he favors city's speed cameras

Wednesday, the Iowa House voted to regulate traffic cameras in the state./KTVO

The Iowa legislation has decided not to move forward with the proposed speed camera ban.

Instead, on Wednesday, the House voted to create regulations for the cameras.

Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew says he favors the speed cameras because it’s a better use of their resources instead of having officers patrol traffic.

“When they talk about what they want law enforcement to do, they want people to slow down. Speeding is a big problem and people complain to us about the number of speeders in our community,” McAndrew said.

McAndrew says the city’s RedSpeed vehicle doesn’t generate as much revenue as people think, and the number of citations in the area have gone down since its enforcement.

Nonetheless, he says he's ready to work with the state to follow any new rules and regulations. The bill is now headed back to the Senate.

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