- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - An Iowa border town no longer has access to South Dakotans’ addresses through a state system that Sioux City police had used to find drivers caught on speed cameras, Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s administration said Wednesday.

South Dakota law is supposed to prevent other states or local governments from accessing residents’ driver information for the purposes of issuing such tickets. But Sioux City police last year said they were still able to get the necessary details from South Dakota, which doesn’t have red-light and speed cameras.

In what has become something of an inter-state chess game over access to driver information, South Dakota on Wednesday shut off the Sioux City Police Department’s access to a resident’s address and city, which had been used to send notice of the violation.

South Dakota had previously blocked Arizona-based Redflex Traffic Systems, which Sioux City contracts with for the cameras, from accessing information on the state’s residents. But Sioux City police Chief Douglas Young said in August that his department was still able to get the information because it is a law enforcement agency.

Young didn’t immediately return telephone messages from The Associated Press requesting comment Wednesday.

“Gov. Daugaard has the right to do whatever he wants to do. It’s his state - he can run it how he wants to,” Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott said. “They threatened to do this some time ago, so it’s not a shock to me.”

The South Dakota law isn’t meant to defend against a ticket, said Matt Konenkamp, a policy adviser to the governor. He said Sioux City police could get a resident’s address a different way.

Sioux City police can also still access a driver’s name and information about their vehicle in the South Dakota system, Konenkamp said.

If an officer in Sioux City - the redaction only affects that department - is involved in a criminal stop, they can reach out to South Dakota’s dispatch center to get more information on a driver, Konenkamp said.

“We have offered to discuss our concerns about what’s happening with them, and we reiterated in a letter that if our concerns can be alleviated we can restore their full access to this information,” Konenkamp said. “We hope that we could come to a resolution on this issue.”

Assistant City Attorney Justin Vondrak told the Argus Leader newspaper that Sioux City will still work to send citations to South Dakota drivers.


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