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Waterloo Police cracking down on red light violations

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The Waterloo Police Department is warning drivers about the dangers of trying to beat a red light. Director of Safety Services Dan Trelka is identifying Red Light Violations as November's "Quality of Life Initiative."

Trelka said he wants to bring awareness to the issue because it continues to be a problem in Waterloo -- especially in the Jefferson Road area. He points out -- you may be violating the law, and not even realize it.

"Even if the light turns red while you're going through it, that's a violation. Because you had that yellow light to warn you," said Trelka.

According to research from the department of transportation -- nearly one fourth of all crashes in Iowa are caused by someone trying to run a red light.

"What amazed me when I first became a police officer, is how easy it is to die in a side-impact crash. So this is something we're really paying attention to, it's a fantastic quality of life issue," Trelka added.

He said the stepped-up enforcement will not take away from an officer's regular duties. The fine for running a red light is $195.

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