Driving through Cedar Rapids, Iowa could be a very expensive trip. Cedar Rapids, Iowa is using a number of red light camera’s and automated traffic camera’s to monitor speeding. When the first red light camera’s were installed, a Cedar Rapids Iowa Officer stated the reason for the camera’s were to reduce accidents and injury. Iowa driver’s didn’t believe that then and they were right. Cedar Rapids is more then willing to share information about revenue, however, little has been said about the accident rate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Cedar Rapids recently released their statistics about the automated traffic cameras in their city. These camera’s have resulted in thousands of speeding citations and large profits for Cedar Rapids. Leaders of Cedar Rapids initially thought the automated traffic cameras would bring in about $750,000 of revenue to in the first year. They were wrong. In the first seven months the cameras were live, they brought in more then $600,000 in revenue. The cameras earn the city of Cedar Rapids approximately $2,900 a day.
In October 2010, officials stated since March 2010, they had mailed out over 27,500 citations to drivers. Only 12,800 of those citations have been paid. The rest are being appealed or haven’t come due yet. The city of Cedar Rapids has already made plans with a collection company to recover citations that don’t get paid.
Some tickets from the automated traffic cameras are never enforced, such as emergency vehicles, vehicles with plates that the camera didn’t clearly catch or their plates were not on file.
Red Light Camera’s located around Cedar rapids were designed to catch red light runners. Driver’s know it’s about the money, $70.00 of each $100 ticket is Cedar Rapids profit. Tickets are sent when a driver has not entered the intersection and the light has turned yellow. If you enter the intersection on a yellow, expect a ticket in your mailbox.
Camera’s used by Cedar Rapids are paid for when a ticket is paid. Just $30.00 of each ticket is paid to the company who owns the camera. The rest is profit for the Cedar Rapids Police Department via the Cedar Rapids General Fund, the money can then be used for unplanned department expenses or things the Cedar Rapids City Council did not approve or include in the budget. The Head Of The Traffic Bureau stated, he would like to use the money on more accident constructionists and pay for laser speed guns.
Sergeant Cory McGarvey has stated if there is significant reduction in accidents, through winter, that will be a good sign that they are getting somewhere.
If you’re driving through Cedar Rapids, Iowa, don’t be shocked when a ticket arrives in your mail within 3 – 5 days of your trip. If you think or know you did nothing wrong or have a valid reason, be sure to attend your court date and tell the judge.