DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines has a new challenge to its red light and speed cameras and this time it isn’t coming from the Department of Transportation.
Des Moines has five red light cameras, one fixed speed camera, and two mobile speed cameras.
They help generate thousands of dollars for the city every year. Some of that money could end up in the hands of Sarah Brooks and Michelle Bullock.
According to the Des Moines Register the two Polk County residents are suing the city over the use of the cameras. They’re also seeking class-action status that would allow more plaintiffs to join the lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims the cameras violates a person’s constitutional right to travel because a driver’s license can be revoked if the fines are not paid.
The two also question the accuracy of the speed cameras saying they are not calibrated to any national standard. The lawsuit demands the cameras are shut down and any fines refunded.
Earlier this week the Iowa Department of Transportation also took action against several traffic cameras. The DOT wants Des Moines to remove its speed camera along I-235. The DOT says the camera hasn’t improved safety on the interstate as promised.
The city of Des Moines has 60 days to appeal the order.