South Dakota signals opposition to Iowa’s use of traffic cameras

In the eastern Iowa town of Sioux City, police have installed red-light cameras at several intersections as well as speed cameras on Interstate 29. But when motorists in one neighboring state are caught on camera breaking a traffic law, Sioux City police may have a difficult time collecting the fine. HB 1122, passed this year by the South Dakota Legislature, restricts the state from sharing information with other states seeking driver’s license data to enforce civil penalties in traffic-camera cases.

Also this year, the South Dakota Legislature prohibited the use of red-light cameras within the state’s borders (HB 1100). According to the Governors Highway Safety Administration, Wisconsin is the other state in the Midwest with an outright ban.


Red-light or speed cameras are only used in a handful of the region’s states: Illinois, Iowa and Ohio. In Iowa, legislation was introduced this year to ban the use of traffic cameras. It failed to advance, but the Department of Transportation has established rules that require jurisdictions to justify their use on state roads. A bill passed by the Ohio House in May (SB 342) would allow traffic-camera tickets to be issued only when a law enforcement officer is also present.

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