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Safe driving eliminates threat of tickets

Letter to the Editor

By Jeff Klinzman
On October 15, 2012





I can understand Emily Margeson's anxiety about speed cameras on I-380.  I'd like to offer her some advice so she can learn to live with photo speed enforcement.

First, there are a total of four camera locations, two northbound, two southbound.  All four locations are marked with signs that read "Photo Enforced."  The H Avenue exit has cameras in both directions; the first camera location if you are northbound is at Diagonal Drive, the last for southbound traffic is at First Avenue.  Thus, Ms. Margeson need not be constantly checking her speed as if cameras are at multiple locations.

Second, Ms. Margeson need only glance at her speedometer, a momentary activity, and can follow the flow of traffic.  I travel through the S-curve area bounded by the cameras four to six times per week. Traffic generally moves at a 55-60 mph pace, so Ms. Margeson need not even look at her speedometer to avoid being ticketed.  Plus, Cedar Rapids has set the cameras so that a citation is not issued until a driver is at 67+ mph, which is ample leeway.

The one time I was cited, I received the citation within days of my infraction, so I'm uncertain on which evidence Ms. Margeson bases her claim that tickets are issued a month later.  As she becomes a more experienced driver, Ms. Margeson will develop the habits (glancing forward, checking her mirrors every 15-30 seconds, knowing the feel of her car at different speeds, keeping 2-3 seconds following distance from the vehicle ahead) which will let her drive safely, reasonably quickly, and with no fear of being ticketed.

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