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Waterloo exempting city vehicles from traffic camera tickets

March 12, 2019

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The city of Waterloo won’t fine itself when city vehicles are caught by automated red light and speed cameras.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the issue came up Monday before the City Council voted on enhancing penalties for private vehicles and drivers frequently caught by the cameras.

Police Chief Dan Trelka says his department won’t issue citations for violations by city-owned vehicles. Officers review footage of violations before authorizing citations to be mailed to the registered owners of the vehicles. The actual drivers are not identified.

Councilwoman Sharon Juon says it doesn’t make sense for the city to fine itself.

Trelka says if there’s a problem with a city vehicle driver, it’s referred to the driver’s department head for discipline.

Trelka has previously indicated a car owner can assign the citation to the person who was driving at the time, such as a friend who borrowed the vehicle. Council members did not discuss why the city couldn’t assign the citation to one of its employees using the same process.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com