UPDATE: Grace period for red light cameras in Waterloo ends Wednesday

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UPDATE: According to Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka, the grace period for the red light cameras has ended. Warnings will be issued tomorrow followed by citations starting on December 26.

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UPDATE: Black Friday was projected to have been the start date of the “test drive”, but testing is still going on and the city isn’t ready to give the red lights, the green.

Chief Dan Trelka said the city is still testing out the red camera system.

Once the cameras are officially turned on, the two-week grace period will begin. Citations and fines will then be issued if you get caught driving through a red light.

Trelka said if you’re stuck in the intersection though, you’re in the clear.

“If you are in that intersection while it’s turning red, you won’t get a citation. However, if it turns red and your front tires haven’t crossed that white line yet, then you’ll get a ticket,” Trelka said.

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – The City of Waterloo and Waterloo Police say new red light cameras will soon be coming to a handful of intersections within the city, with the aim of boosting safety along the roads in mind.

A release from city officials note that the seven intersections selected have high instances of serious crashes due to drivers disobeying red lights signals. The anticipated launch date for the 13 new cameras is Friday, November 23 — but the release states that the cameras will become operational as soon as they’re installed.

According to police, warning citations will be given out to drivers during an initial two-week grace period. Citations and fines will then be issued following the grace period. Here is the complete list of the cameras currently being installed:

1. -Northbound Washington St.  @ 6th St.

2. -Southbound Washington St. @ 6th St.

3. -Northbound Washington St. @ 11th St.

4. -Southbound Washington St. @ 11th St.

5. -Eastbound Williston Ave. @ Baltimore St.

6. -Northbound Broadway St. @ Parker St.

7. -Southbound Broadway St. @ Parker St.

8. -Eastbound San Marnan Dr. @ Shoppers Blvd.

9. -Westbound San Marnan Dr. @ Shoppers Blvd.

10. -Eastbound Ridgeway Ave. @ Hwy 63

11. -Northbound Hwy 63 @ Ridgeway Ave.

12. -Southbound US 218 @ Shaulis Road

13. -Northbound US 218 @ Shaulis Road

Thursday’s release also notes that the cameras will be paid for over time by violators, with no upfront costs falling on the shoulders of taxpayers. The Waterloo City Council approved the use of traffic cameras in August of 2017.

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