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Could traffic cameras solve intersection dangers?

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- They're catching drivers in Cedar Rapids. Now Waterloo is considering the use of traffic cameras at some of the city's major intersections.

Mayor Buck Clark and Chief of Police Dan Trelka are both in favor of installing cameras at dangerous intersections, like Highway 65 and Ridgeway Avenue. It's common for drivers to speed at these crossing, and even more so to run red lights.

Clark said traffic cameras could go a long way to change these habits in drivers. Violators could receive a citation and fine if they're caught on camera, but the mayor said making money is not the goal.

"This is revenue generated, I mean, we're certainly not going to deny that. But the revenue is kind of second-hand to making the streets safer. And there's a very common response to that -- if you don't run red lights and if you don't speed, you're not going to get a citation for this," Clark said.

The company responsible for the Cedar Rapids cameras installs the product for free. They then receive a percentage of the revenue generated. Clark said if the council does decide to adopt the policy, they will shop around for the best price.

Cedar Falls listened to a similar presentation. Chief Jeff Olson said they have not talked about the issue any further.

Tuesday night at 10:00, hear why one Waterloo council member opposes installation of traffic cameras.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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