Cedar Rapids police to receive bigger share of traffic camera ticket money

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The City of Cedar Rapids will soon be able to collect more money from traffic camera violations.

But the amount that drivers will have to pay in violations will stay the same.

Cedar Rapids City Council agreed Tuesday to restructure how money that comes from those violations is divided.

Most of the money goes to the city, specifically the police department, but part of it goes to SENSYS GATSO, the company that operates the cameras.

Starting April 1, the city will get $5 more. On a $75 ticket, the city will get $55, while SENSYS GATSO will receive $20. On a $100 ticket, the city's share will be $78, and SENSYS GATSO's will be $22.

However, the biggest revenue-generating traffic cameras, the speed cameras on I-380, aren't issuing tickets at this time.

The city says it will have those cameras sending speeders citations soon, but has not given a date yet for when that will resume.

Once it does, that extra $5 the city will receive from each paid ticket could mean $750,000 more for the police department, based on how many tickets were issued the last full year all the cameras issued citations.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department said money generated by traffic cameras will go toward hiring more employees.

In the Fiscal Year 2020 budget approved by council members Tuesday, the police department planned to add 10 new officers and one new administrative position from the camera citation money.