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Cedar Rapids traffic camera numbers; new camera going active

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Drivers in Cedar Rapids that speed and run red lights have been getting tickets thanks to the new traffic cameras since March 14th.  Police have now released the numbers from the first 30 days.

From March 14th to April 16th, 1240 violations were caught by the "eyes in the sky", but not all of those were approved.

In addition, police say another 727 violations were recorded, but not approved because they were either emergency vehicles responding to a an incident and entering the intersection safely or no violations such as right turn on red or left turn on red but the vehicle was already in the intersection.  Others were not approved because of unreadable plates or plates not on file.

Here's a breakdown by camera location:

                                              Red Light       Speed          Both

1 Ave and 10 St eastbound:         39             No Permit         0

1 Ave and 10 St westbound:        107            No Permit         0

2 Ave and 10 St SE:                   108                150              6

2 Ave and 6 St SW:                    23                  40               0

Mobile Speed Camera:                                    767

Sergeant Cristy Hamblin says the city was not able to issue speeding tickets on 1st Avenue until they received a permit from the state because First Avenue is considered part of Highway 151 which is a state controlled highway.

The state did a study to ensure that the speed limit was correct and the permit for the city has been issued.

Hamblin says one of the most egregious violations she's seen caught on the mobile camera happened last week on West Park Road NE where a driver was caught doing 60 m.p.h. in a 25 m.p.h. residential neighborhood zone.

She also says the newest camera at the intersection of Edgewood Road and 42nd Street NE will go live at midnight on Saturday, April 24, 2010, and will start catching violators on Sunday, April 25, 2010.

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