Des Moines appeals Iowa DOT directive to remove traffic camera on Interstate 235

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The city of Des Moines has appealed an Iowa Department of Transportation order to remove its automated speed camera.

City Attorney John Lester filed the appeal Thursday seeking a reversal of the department's March 17 directive to uninstall the camera on Interstate 235, a highway that runs through Des Moines.

According to a DOT report, Des Moines' camera location had a low crash rate before the cameras went up, contrary to rules dictating that cameras target "high-crash or high-risk locations." But the appeal claims the site has the highest level of traffic flow in the state and complies with DOT regulations.

Iowa is the only state in the nation that allows the permanent installation of cameras along interstate roads or highways managed by the state.

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