Red Light Camera Discussion Planned in Cedar Rapids

By Dave Franzman, Reporter

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By Dave Franzman

CEDAR RAPIDS- A plan to start using automated cameras to issue tickets at some Cedar Rapids intersections will get a public airing at two open houses beginning Tuesday.

Cedar Rapids Police proposed a a red light camera plan to city leaders last month. The city council may formally approve the idea in the coming weeks. If approved, the cameras are expected to be in operation sometime this spring.

Tuesday, January 13th, police will show off some of the cameras and answer questions at a public open house at Harding Middle School. The event runs from 6:30 till 8:30 p.m. Two days later, officers will repeat the process on Thursday, January 15th at Taft Middle School. That program also runs from 6:30 till 8:30 p.m.

The city has not decided on what type of system to purchase. Police say they will show some typical examples to the public at the open houses.

The city is expected to pick a vendor who will own the system and receive a portion of any civil fine issued to violators. The civil fines do not count against a driver's license.

Officers backing the system say it's been shown to cut the accident rate in cities that use the cameras.
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