DATABASE: Mobile Speed Camera Caught Six Speeders in First Minutes of Operation

By Jeff Raasch, Reporter

The mobile speed camera is parked along the southbound lanes of Interstate 380 near the Highway 30 interchange on Monday, May 3, 2010. (Jeff Raasch)


By Becky Ogann

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Well, that didn’t take long.

The new Cedar Rapids mobile speed camera caught six speeders during the first minute it was activated, at 9:38 a.m. on March 2.

New data acquired through the Freedom of Information Act shows the traffic cameras caught more than 14,000 drivers from across the United States through the end of July.

An analysis of this data showed the following:

* 10,479 speeding citations and 1,525 red light citations (along with about 2,250 warnings)

* Of citations issued, 87.3 percent were for speeding and 12.7 percent were for red-light violations.

* 3,126 citations from mobile speed vehicle

* 3,568 citations from the cameras watching northbound traffic on Interstate 380 at Diagonal Drive. Most of the citations (2,351) were in the left lane.

* Highest speed caught: 92 mph, to a vehicle registered to Kim M. Stulz, of Cedar Rapids, on April 11 when it passed the mobile speed camera.

* Smallest speed caught at an intersection: 41 mph, by several people at the three monitored intersections on Second Avenue.

* Smallest speed overall : 32 mph by the mobile speed camera by several people.

* Vehicles registered in towns across Iowa, from Ackley to Zwingle, were cited.

* Of all the citations and warnings issued, 12,379 (86 percent) went to Iowa residents. Of those, 8,528 (68 percent) went to Linn County residents.

* Vehicles from 44 different states were cited or warned. None were from Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Oregon or West Virginia.

* Twelve speeding citations were issued to a vehicle or vehicles registered to Brian and Joan Humes, of Chesterfield, Mo., in just 17 days. One of their vehicles is being driven around Cedar Rapids by Sam Warning, a Cedar Rapids Roughrider hockey player.

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