CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Ten of 11 speeding tickets issued by the traffic camera system on Interstate 380 to a Cedar Rapids area man have been dismissed, but the city police chief said that’s normal procedure for someone who got a mass of tickets at once.
Alexander Hartman moved to Marion a few weeks ago and was stunned when he found the stack of tickets in his mail. He told Cedar Rapids television station KCRG (https://bit.ly/1dBtlvc ) that he didn’t know about the system and said he thought that being ticketed was wrong, “because people should know what’s going on before it happens.”
Hartman called the Cedar Rapids Police Department to protest, and all but one of the 11 tickets were dismissed.
Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman said drivers who receive several tickets at once generally are held accountable for the first offense but not the rest. Police want to give every driver an opportunity to correct behaviors before he or she is fined hundreds of dollars, Jerman said.
“It’s about modifying driver behavior,” the chief said. “It’s about safety, it’s not about revenue. If it was about revenue, we’d have Alexander and everyone else pay all the tickets they incurred.”
Hartman will have to pay the fines for any new speeding tickets he receives from the system, Jerman said.
Hartman said he will adjust his driving.
“For someone who lived in a smaller part of Iowa, this comes as a huge shock,” he said. “When you move up here, you have to change your habits a bit.”
Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com
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