Automated Traffic Enforcement on the Primary Highway System

Report
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Davenport…………….RLR & Speed
Cedar Rapids…………RLR & Speed
Des Moines……………RLR & Speed
Sioux City……………..RLR & Speed
Muscatine……………...RLR & Speed
Council Bluffs………….RLR
Clive…………………...RLR
Ft. Dodge……………...Speed
Windsor Heights………Speed
Polk County……………Speed
• Iowa Code 307.2
• DOT responsible for planning, development, regulation and
improvement of transportation in the state.
• Iowa is the only state:
• Local Jurisdiction can get ATEs by simple majority vote
• Permanent speed cameras on the interstate
• ATEs can be Effective if Used in the Right Places
• But…Research is mixed
• Public Trust
• Expensive from a Societal Perspective
• DOT Published ATE Guidelines
- June 2012
• Met with and Gathered Input from Cities - Sept 2012
• Published in Iowa Administrative Bulletin
- Oct 2013
• Rules Committee @ Capital
- Oct 2013
• Public Hearing & Written Comments
- Oct/Nov 2013
• Iowa DOT Commission – Approved
- Dec 2013
• Rules Committee @ Capital
- Feb 2014
• Adopted
- Feb 2014
1. Primary Highway System only
2. Only considered after other engineering and
enforcement solutions have been explored and
implemented
3. Should not be used as a long term solution
4. Fixed and mobile systems
5. Limited use on the interstates
6. Only used in high-crash, high-risk or school zones
7. DOT Provide Objective Oversight
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DOT – no authority to own/operate any ATE systems
DOT – shall not receive any $
• Conduct an Engineering Safety Assessment
• Determine Critical Traffic Safety Issue(s)
• Develop list of Countermeasures
• Implement some Countermeasures
• Low cost, least intrusive/controversial
• Why ATE is needed
• Signage
• Calibration
• Safe Environment for Motorists
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Do not impede or interfere with free flow traffic
Do not create visual obstruction
Not placed within 15 ft. of an interstate (unless shielded)
Not within 2 ft. of back of curb
Not placed in a work zone
Not placed close to a speed zone change
• Traditional Enforcement – continue
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Crashes – Before and After
Impact of ATE on Speeds or Red-Light Running
Number of Citations
Anything else to show they are effective
Provide by May 1 of following year
DOT Review of Annual Report
DOT will evaluate Annual Report to determine continued
need, modification, etc. for ATE system
• Are the systems effective?
• Are they in compliance with these rules?
• Consider other safety countermeasures?

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