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HAPPENING TODAY: Waterloo to discuss traffic cameras

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Traffic cameras are the focus of a Waterloo City Council work session tonight.

Police say there are several intersections which seem to have more crashes than others.

They also say they are seeing more cases of careless, reckless, aggressive and distracted driving.

They are suggesting the city create an "Automated Traffic Enforcement Program."

Under that program, the city could use traffic cameras to catch drivers who blow red lights or who speed.

Here's a general description of what an "Automated Traffic Enforcement" ordinance could look like, according to the documents the city will review and discuss tonight:

"The City of Waterloo, in accordance with its police powers, may deploy, erect or cause to have erected an automated traffic enforcement system for making video images of vehicles that fail to obey red light traffic signals at intersections designated by the Chief of Police, or his designee, or fail to obey speed regulations at other locations in the city. The systems may be managed by the private contractor that owns and operates the requisite equipment with supervisory control vested in the city's police department. Video images shall be provided to the police department by the contractor for review. The police department will determine which vehicle owners are in violation of the city's traffic control ordinances and are to receive a notice of violation for the offense."

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