Cedar Rapids to Hold Red Light Camera Open House

Courtesy City of Cedar Rapids

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By Becky Ogann

CEDAR RAPIDS - The public is encouraged to attend an Open House for the Red Light Cameras that are being purchased by the City of Cedar Rapids. There will be two opportunities for the public to view and better understand what red light cameras are and how they work. The two open houses are set for Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Harding Middle School, 4801 Golf St NE and on Thursday, January 15, 2009, at 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Taft Middle School, 5200 E Ave NW. The presentation will in the auditorium of each school.

A red light camera vendor has not been selected at this time. The City has been looking at purchasing and installing red light cameras for some time. The purpose of the red light cameras is not to replace officers but to enhance public safety and to change driver behavior. You are more likely to be killed in an angle crash than a rear end collision. By installing red light cameras at high risk intersections, these angle crashes have been proven to be reduced. It also reduces overall crashes at these intersections and therefore changing driver behavior.

A short presentation and an opportunity to ask questions will be given during this time. There will staff from the Cedar Rapids Police Department and Traffic Engineering available to provide feedback.
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