Cedar Rapids Cameras Generate 1,240 Tickets in First Month

A Gatso USA systems engineer makes adjustments to the red light camera aimed at the northbound lanes at the intersection of Edgewood Rd. NE and 42nd St. NE on Thursday, April 8, 2010, in northeast Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

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By By Jeff Raasch

CEDAR RAPIDS – Red light and speed cameras are catching enough violations to issue an average of 41 tickets per day, police said Wednesday.

Three red light cameras and a mobile speed vehicle have been snapping images of violators since March 14. A fourth camera has since been added at Second Avenue and Third Street SW.

Through the first 30 days of operation, 1,240 tickets have been issued to violators caught by the automated enforcement system. An additional 727 possible violations were recorded, but officers decided they did not warrant tickets. Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said some simply weren’t true violations and others had unreadable license plates.

The red light cameras, which also detect speeders, are rolling at First Avenue East and 10th Street, and along Second Avenue at 10th Street SE, Second Street SW and Sixth Street SW. A fifth camera at Edgewood Road and 42nd Street NE will start recording violations Sunday.

Police have used the mobile speed vehicle in school zones, residential areas, Interstate 380 and Highways 30 and 100. It has produced the most tickets, at 767.

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