Cedar Rapids Police Reveal Red Light Camera Locations
By Dave Franzman
CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Police say they don't want drivers to complain they weren't warned.
Police on Thursday released locations of the new red light cameras that will go up sometime in either late January or early February. Eight of the automated cameras will cover high accident intersections and can issue citations for both speeding and running a red light. Two more "speeding only" cameras will go up on a downtown stretch of I-380.
A private company will set up a camera system--much like the one that has operated in Davenport for years. If you go through on a red light, or speed, the system snaps a photo and you'll get a $100 citation in the mail.
Cedar Rapids Police say highly-publicized cameras prevent intersection accidents. Drivers, though, offer another explanation.
Steve Novak, who owns a business near one location, said "I think the city's just trying to make money. I hope it'll help but I don't know if it will."
Driver Juli Schoff added "it's all about money...they're out to make a buck of course they wouldn't do it if they didn't get money off it."
Seventy dollars out of every $100 for each ticket will go to the city. But police say the intersections they're targeting truly have a history of side impact accidents. That's the kind that happens when someone runs a red light and hits another car broadside.
A police officer will review every photo to insure what the camera caught is a traffic violation. One officer in charge of the program, Sgt. Cory McGarvey, said no one will adjust the "yellow" light period to make more money.
"All the yellows will be timed. On the violation, you'll get it'll say how long the light was yellow. That'll all be printed up on the violation," Sgt. McGarvey said.
Two cameras to catch speeders will go up on the 55-mph stretch of I-380 through the downtown area. Police will also have a mobile radar van that can go anywhere to catch and photograph speeders.
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