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Automated Traffic Enforcement Citations

Automated Traffic Enforcement Citations

The Cedar Rapids Police Department has been issuing citations for red light violations and speeding violations at locations where the Automated Traffic Enforcement system is installed since June 1, 2019.  During the month of June, warnings were issued to registered owners of vehicles who committed a red light violation or a speeding violation.  Violations with applicable civil fines have been issued since July 1, 2019.  The Police Department has been processing red light and speeding violations for the month of July and so far have processed violations from July 1-4.  Through Monday, there have been 5,137 violations issued for these dates, including 63 red light violations and 5,074 speeding violations.  It is the Police Department's policy that a citation be issued to a motorist who exceeds the speed limit by 12 mph or greater. 

The Police Department has been made aware of at least one individual that received a citation for driving 60 mph in a 55 mph zone on U.S. Interstate 380.  This citation was sent in error and will be dismissed.  The Police Department apologizes for this error and would like to restate that speeding violations should be sent only to motorists who are exceeding the speed limit by 12 mph or greater.  While this appears to be an isolated incident, the Police Department encourages anyone who may have received an Automated Traffic Enforcement citation that was less than 12 mph over the posted speed limit to contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5513.  Citations that were issued for less than 12 mph over the posted speed limit will be dismissed.

UPDATE (August 7, 4:15 p.m.): 

The Police Department was made aware of an individual that received a citation from the Automated Traffic Enforcement system for driving 60 mph in a 55 mph zone on U.S. Interstate 380.  We publicly acknowledged that this citation was sent in error and it will be dismissed.  On Wednesday morning, it was determined that one of the cameras on I-380 was properly recording speeds, but some speeding violations between 6-10 mph were system generated erroneously.    The Police Department’s policy is that citations from the Automated Traffic Enforcement system be issued only to motorists who are violating the speed limit by 12 mph or greater.  It was determined that 11 other citations were sent to registered vehicle owners for less than 12 mph over the posted speed limit. 

The cameras are functioning properly, however the screening process did not work properly in these 12 cases.  We want to be very clear that a registered owner will not be responsible for a violation that they receive from the ATE system that is less than 12 mph.  These will be dismissed.  Our ATE staff has already prepared letters and attempted to contact by telephone the 11 other individuals that were sent violation notices in error to let them know that the citation is being dismissed. 

For a list of all traffic camera locations and other information about the Automated Traffic Enforcement system, please visit our website at www.cityofcr.com/ate.

 

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