Traffic Camera Warning Period Over - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Traffic Camera Warning Period Over

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Jessica Daley


If you're speeding through Windsor Heights, have that checkbook ready. If you're caught on camera, the fines started coming as of Monday.
The two mobile cameras in Windsor Heights caught 60 drivers speeding in the past 30 days.
Compare that to the 400-500 speeders a month Des Moines' one mobile camera catches.
"Our intention is to have it ideally be zero," said Police Chief Dennis McDaniel. We're looking at a system where we're being proactive with the technology piece, but we're also letting the public know where it's at."

The cameras are clearly marked and the locations posted online on Windsor Heights' facebook and twitter every day. The units have been out about five days a week but were not on the roads right after the blizzard.

"This is a traffic safety program. So we most certainly don't want to do anything that's going to endanger motorists," McDaniel said. "We're going to be very conservative as far as our deployments go."

That's also why the cameras haven't made it onto the interstate yet. The plan is to occasionally have them deployed to I-235 westbound by the 73rd Street exit.

If you do get a ticket, you have the opportunity to appeal. A citizen review panel is set up to hear the cases.

"It really kind of takes the strong hold of the police department out of it. We want our citizens to be involved."
Fines start at $65 if you're going 11 miles an hour over the posted speed limit. The fine increases the faster you are going.

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