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Police say more than 1,100 vehicles in Waterloo are considered ‘repeat citation offenders’

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- The police department is releasing more information about its audit on automated traffic violations.

From July 1, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2020, the department found more than 1,100 vehicles in the city were repeating offenders, meaning they have generated multiple traffic citations in less than a year.

More than 230 vehicles accumulated three or more traffic citations in the same time period.

The city has an ordinance that imposes additional penalties on people who allow their vehicles to be driven in an "unlawful manner."

According to Waterloo City Code 5-6-4:

“Any vehicle that has generated three (3) or more automated traffic citations and/or officer traffic citations in any period less than twelve (12) months for traffic violations is deemed a chronic nuisance vehicle and has placed an undue and inappropriate burden on the taxpayers of the City of Waterloo. The vehicle owner shall be liable for a fine as imposed by this chapter.”

If you acquire three or more tickets, you may pay fines that total between $195 to $395 depending on your previous violations, the department said. The 'chronic nuisance vehicle' fees are more expensive than original tickets.

In the upcoming weeks, the department said owners will receive court summons for having a 'chronic nuisance vehicle.'

"Do yourself and your fellow motorists a favor by following the traffic laws," the department wrote on its Facebook page. "It will not only make you a better driver but it will [sic] also save you a lot of money."

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