- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Officials in South Dakota are upset that an Iowa border town is ticketing South Dakota residents using speed cameras, despite a 2014 law aimed at preventing the practice.

South Dakota, which doesn’t have red-light and speed cameras, passed a law in 2014 that is supposed to prevent other states from accessing South Dakota residents’ driver’s license information for the purposes of issuing such tickets.

However, Sioux City, Iowa, police Chief Douglas Young confirmed Thursday that South Dakota residents are still being ticketed from the speed cameras. Young said his department contracts for the system with Arizona-based Redflex Traffic Systems. South Dakota has blocked Redflex’s access to information on the state’s residents, but Young said his department is still able to get the information because it is a law enforcement agency.

“We’ve got two different states, and we’re in Iowa, and these people are violating the speed limit in the state of Iowa, and there should be some penalty for it,” he said. “We’ll continue to write violators’ citations regardless of what state they’re from.”

Matt Konenkamp, a policy adviser to South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, said Thursday that it’s “unfortunate that Sioux City doesn’t want to honor South Dakota’s desire with regard to use of its driver’s information.” He said the administration is studying the situation and how to prevent the information from being accessed.

Konenkamp said South Dakota officials in part object to Sioux City’s ticketing procedure because it’s a civil process and doesn’t include rights afforded to citizens for criminal violations.

Dan Lederman, who sponsored the law in 2014 and has since left the Legislature, said he had received complaints from people across the state who have received the tickets.

“I don’t think they’re concerned about the safety. I think they’re concerned about revenue,” Lederman said. “They’re scofflaws.”

Sioux City officials defended the practice.

Young said he understands he’s likely not popular at the South Dakota Capitol. He said people have to go through the same process as if the ticket had been written by a police officer.

“South Dakota can pass laws and Iowa can pass laws, but that doesn’t mean they overlap,” Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott said.


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