DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate has voted to ban traffic enforcement cameras in Iowa. In addition, the bill would deny Iowa vehicle information to other states with automated ticketing systems, so Iowans wouldn’t have to pay any ticket anywhere for speeding or running a red light that’s generated by a traffic camera.Republican Senator Jake Chapman of Adel said traffic cameras are used “to generate revenue” for cities.“You know, we’ve heard these called ‘gotcha cams,’” Chapman said. “I call them ‘scam cams’ because that’s what they are. They’re scamming people.”Senator Brad Zaun, a Republican from Urbandale, has been trying for nearly a decade to get rid of traffic cameras in the state.“I almost want to smile today,” Zaun said during Senate debate. “…I could go on and on and on. I’ve become the ‘poster boy’ on this, but the fact is, it’s the right thing to do.”Claire Celsi, a Democrat from Des Moines, voted against the traffic cam ban after revealing she got a ticket in the mail on Monday because she was caught speeding by a camera on the Des Moines freeway.“You know, I deserved it. I was going, I think, 76 in a 60,” Celsi said, pausing as one of her colleagues said, prompting other senators audibly react with a gasp or laughter. “When I get those tickets, I say to myself: ‘Self, slow down.’”Senator Bill Dotzler, a Democrat from Waterloo, said people in his city are “fed up” with vehicles running red lights at a high rate of speed and red light cameras have recently been installed at some Waterloo intersections.“I know that this is an ongoing discussion in my community and I have seen a shift in people’s concerns about the traffic cameras,” said Dotzler, who has voted before to ban the cameras, but voted against the ban today.Senator Zach Whiting, a Republican from Spirit Lake, voted for the bill to “advance the conversation.”“I don’t support banning traffic cameras, but I do support more heavily regulating them,” Whiting said. “We need to do this in a responsible way. We need to address the legitimate due process concerns that have been raised in the current system and we need to equip our state and local governments with the tools they feel are necessary to advance transportation and public safety.”A bill eligible for debate in the Iowa House takes the regulatory approach. It would require proof cameras are placed in areas to improve public safety. The bill also would take 60 percent of the fines away from the cities and instead use that money to finance Iowa Department of Public Safety operations.
ECCC Bargain Supermarket T20…Enmore, Enterprise ‘A’ and Lusignan recorded victories in the East Coast Cricket Committee Bargain Supermarket T20 played on Sunday last.Kamesh YadramIn the first matchup of the day, fans saw Enmore defeat Golden Grove. Enmore won the toss and decided to bat first, posting 163 for 9 in their allotted 20 overs. Brian Sattaur top-scored with 48, and Amir Khan and Chris Surat chipped in with (37) and (27) respectively, while O Gardener and Richie Woolford grabbed two wickets apiece.In reply to this mammoth total, Golden Grove crumbled to a meagre 44 all out, with Khan ripping through the batting with figures of 4 for 12. He was well supported by Rudolph Singh, who took 2 for 6 from 4 overs.In the day’s second encounter, Enterprise ‘A’ overcame Better Hope ‘B’ by 6 wickets. Winning the toss and electing to bowl, Enterprise ‘A’ destroyed Better Hope ‘B’ by demolishing their batting lineup for 56 all out. R Singh and Clive Rampersaud scored 15 each, while Kamesh Yadram captured 4-10 and Pradesh Balkishun 2-7.In reply, Enterprise reached 57-4, with Yadram scoring 16 to lead the way.Playing on their home ground, Lusignan, who batted first, defeated Paradise by 19 runs, despite posting 112 for 9 from 16 overs due to inclement weather. Kumar Bishundyal top-scored with 27, and was well supported by Tameshwar Motiram, who scored 24. Jermaine Martin bagged 3 for 21, while W Ramsammy took 2 for 16.A valiant effort from Paradise could only manage 93 for 8 in 16 overs, with Q Douglas top-scoring with 24. Jason Heyliger took 3 for 28 and Kumar Bishundyal claimed 2 for 14.Lusignan ‘B’ bested the Ogle cricket team at Ogle by 10 runs. Batting first, Lusignan ‘B’ managed 117-9, with Marvin Persaud scoring 28 and Azad Mohamed 24. Andrew Samaroo and Andrew Gomes grabbed two wickets apiece.In reply, Ogle were restricted to 107-8, with Samaroo making 31 and A Sinclair contributing 21. Navin Persaud and Imran Khan took 2 each for the opposition.The competition continues this Sunday at Lusignan, ECD. Lusignan ‘A’ will face Enterprise ‘A’, and Lusignan ‘B’ will take on Enmore. Better Hope will tackle hosts Strathavon at 13:00hrs in the other scheduled match.Photo: Amir KhanKamesh Yadram