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Waterloo Police say, ‘Rambo’ is not going away despite pandemic

We’ve been contacted by viewers about Waterloo’s traffic enforcement vehicle known as “Rambo.”

Folks checking in with us say it’s parked on a street leading to MercyOne hospital.

Hospital workers say they feel targeted, that police are just trying to “nab them” as they travel to and from the front lines of the pandemic.

We reached out to the Waterloo Police.  

Major Joe Leibold says, "Rambo is NOT positioned to 'nab' medical workers. It is placed in areas where we receive complaints of speeding." 

He also said, given the current pandemic, Rambo, which uses speed cameras, is the ideal method of traffic enforcement because it does not require any human contact.  

Leibold did say medical workers responding to emergencies or patients going to the hospital under emergency conditions can appeal their citations.

At this time, police have no plans to suspend traffic enforcement.

"If we were to stop traffic enforcement that would lead to increased traffic accidents and injuries, further burdening our health care system," Leibold said.

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Daniel Winn

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