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CAMERAS REPORT: DM Says Accidents Are Decreasing

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Des Moines city officials say automated traffic cameras are working to make roads safer and the numbers prove it.

New DOT rules require cities to issue annual reports that show crash data for intersections where traffic cameras are used on state maintained roads.

In Des Moines that includes the speed camera on I-235 as well as red light cameras at freeway off-ramps at MLK and School and East 15th and Maple.

According to the six page report filed by the city, crashes are down at both of the off-ramp intersections with red light cameras since they went online in July 2011.

The city also says the average number of crashes near the I-235 speed camera is also down since it went online.

However, last year the number of crashes actually increased in the area. The city blames that on increased traffic due to the detour from the 63rd and Grand Bridge closure.

The reports are now required annually to ensure the cameras are effective.

To see Des Moines’ traffic camera report for 2013 click here.


  • Gary Stanford

    Then we ought to be able to lay off a considerable amount of police,correct?Bet it don’t happen they want their cake and eat it too.We’ve got so many people sticking their noses where they don’t belong,stay out of my business.

  • Bill

    I think everybody has heard the term ( Padding the books ) A six page report??? Everybody knows the camera’s are there for $$$ and that’s it. But the State will never prove it, when they are letting the City do the report.

  • JC Walker

    If you recall we had one of the worst winters ever in 2010. It was actually ranked 4th in the amount of snowfall in over 100 years of keeping track. Of course the cameras are up and running the very next year. So lets talk about 2012 when Des Moines set a record for the most consecutive amount of days with no measurable snowfall. Oh and it was the warmest year ever! I’m sure these facts have no impact on the fewer number of accidents that were reported after the cameras were up and running. Just admit it’s about money already!

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