I wish I would have come up with the idea for traffic cameras in Cedar Rapids. If I did, I would plan on retiring very soon.

According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, "Motorists are receiving an average of 756 automated traffic enforcement tickets per day."

Holy cow that's a huge number! Come on people. Slow down. However, the City of Cedar Rapids doesn't get to keep the full amount. In fact, only 64% of the cash stays here. The rest of the loot goes to the city's traffic vendor, Sensys Gatso USA.

So far, the city has collected around $2.6 million in traffic fines. Those cameras have been reactivated for months. You'd think people would slow down and save their pocketbooks. Obviously that hasn't happened so far but with winter beginning to flex its muscle, now seems like a real good time to start.

[Source: The Cedar Rapids Gazette Hard copy Edition]