A local law firm, Glaus & Gohn, has filed a Sunshine Law request with the city of Cape Girardeau to obtain information about traffic cameras. The document submitted to the city requests: details on which cameras are attached to a fiber-optic network; the method of storing data; a copy of the agreement between the city and SEMO detailing any collaboration of storing or using cameras; and a list of persons having access to the data generated by each camera. City network engineer Jason Selzer said footage from nine cameras is available upon request. All sworn police officers have access to the cameras and regularly save footage from the cameras in the event of an automobile accident. Selzer said the cameras are not used to determine traffic infractions. He tells KZIM KSIM their main purpose.
There are 22 traffic cameras in the city, but only nine have savable video. The other cameras require a technician to watch a live feed at the site of the camera.