In one year, Waterloo, IA catches 20,000 violators with speed, red-light cameras

The city’s traffic cameras caught nearly 20,000 vehicles speeding or running red lights and generated more than $900,000 in fine revenue in one year.

More than half of the motorists mailed citations under the automated traffic enforcement program were traveling on state highways, including 5,000 drivers nabbed for speeding in the hottest zone on U.S. Highway 20.

“It’s more than I expected,” said Police Chief Dan Trelka, who implemented the program with City Council approval over the past two years. “But the bottom line is: I have no doubt that Waterloo’s roads are safer because of this program.”