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CR wants public input on "Red Light Cameras"

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) --  The city of Cedar Rapids hopes some new cameras will help cut down on red-light runners and crashes.

Tuesday, city officials announced an open house for people to learn more about the Red Light Cameras the city plans to buy. There will be two opportunities for the public to view and better understand what red light cameras are and how they work.

The two open houses are set for Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Harding Middle School, 4801 Golf St NE and on Thursday, January 15, 2009, at 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Taft Middle School, 5200 E Ave NW.

The city says it has not selected a red light camera vendor at this time. However, the City has been looking at purchasing and installing red light cameras for some time.

A news release from the city says the purpose of the red light cameras is not to replace officers but to enhance public safety and to change driver behavior.

"You are more likely to be killed in an angle crash than a rear end collision. By installing red light cameras at high risk intersections, these angle crashes have been proven to be reduced. It also reduces overall crashes at these intersections and therefore changing driver behavior," the news release said.        

AThe open house will include a presentation and a time for questions and answers. There will staff from the Cedar Rapids Police Department and Traffic Engineering available to provide feedback.  

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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