CRPD: "Turn Speed Cameras Back On"

Speeders on I-380 in Cedar Rapids might start seeing tickets from the speed enforcement cameras again soon.

Traffic flows along the northbound lanes of Interstate 380 as workers install speed cameras on a road sign north of the H Avenue NE interchange on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, in northeast Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette/KCRG-TV9)

In April 2017, a state DOT directive forced the city to stop using the cameras to issue tickets but last April the Iowa Supreme Court struck down the order that had banned or restricted such cameras in the state. Cedar Rapids has four sets of cameras on I-380.

Last June, city leaders said they wanted a specific plan for what to do with revenue from tickets before issuing them again. The police department now says they have a plan.

Data shows that from May 2016 through October 2016, when the cameras were on, the machines caught an average of 89 vehicles a day going at least 12-miles-per-hour over the speed limit. From July 2018 through August 2018 they recorded more than 2,600 per day.

Police said the number of crashes is also up.

Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman believes given this information, now is the time for the city council to act.

"We're looking at in the very near future, sometime hopefully in December, we're going to take it before the city council meeting, make the presentation before the full council, and have them give us their approval," said Jerman.

Jerman said with the money generated through the cameras he already has plans to hire an additional ten officers. If approved he added the public will be given notice before they begin issuing tickets to speeders caught on the cameras.

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