Waterloo Police Department to institute speed cameras beginning November 15, 2017


In their continued effort to increase public safety, the Waterloo Police Department will institute the use of four portable photo-laser speed enforcement units, known as ‘speed cameras’, beginning November 15, 2017.

Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka says crash rates have recently “taken an uptick.” The City has made improving traffic safety one of the strategic goals of the Waterloo Police Department.

The new equipment includes three hand-held units and a mobile trailer. The units capture high resolution images and video of vehicles violating speed limits. This state-of-the-art system is designed to encourage safer driving habits.

Locations will be chosen based on the number of violations recorded on a particular street, the number of accidents, and resident input.

“We are giving our residents the power to determine where the cameras should be used based on what they experience in their own neighborhoods and while traveling the streets of Waterloo,” says Trelka. Citizens are encouraged to direct recommendations to Chief Trelka by email to trelkad@waterloopolice.com or by calling 319-291-4340, option 9.

During the first two weeks, warnings will be issued to violators in areas where the speed cameras are in operation. On or about November 30th, citations with fines will be issued. Signs will be posted warning drivers that photo enforcement is in use at the major entrances to the city.

There are no upfront costs to the taxpayers for installing, operating, or maintaining the system. Over time this program will be funded by violators. All equipment and personnel costs directly related to the program will be funded by violators as a percentage of revenue collected from speeding tickets will be paid to the vendor. Net revenue will be directed towards tax relief. The Waterloo City Council approved the use of traffic cameras on August 7, 2017 after three readings and public input.