Back in operation since July 1, the Cedar Rapids traffic cameras issued over 4600 tickets in just the first week. That's a lot of easy money for the bureaucrats to collect, so forget about fighting City Hall.

Instead, do what I do to game the system... it's really the only way to beat the cameras.

SLOW DOWN and LEARN WHERE THE CAMERAS ARE.

Here are the areas you need to slow down or just avoid:

RED LIGHT CAMERAS:

  • 1st Avenue and 10th Street East, both Eastbound/Westbound
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  • Edgewood Road and 42nd Street NE Northbound and Southbound
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  • 1st Avenue and L Street SW  both Eastbound/Westbound
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  • Center Point Road and Collins Road Ramp (North) Northbound
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  • Williams Boulevard and 16th Avenue SW both Eastbound/Westbound
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    SPEED CAMERAS:

  • I-380 Northbound at Diagonal Drive SW
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  • I-380 Northbound at J Avenue NE
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  • I-380 Southbound at J Avenue NE
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  • I-380 Southbound at 1st Avenue SW
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    For the record, CBS2 News reports:

    574 drivers were caught going 26-30 MPH over the speed limit - and at $500 a pop this equals $287,000 in fines.

    Another 2131 speeders were ticketed going 21-25 MPH over the speed limit. and at $250 for each ticket, that $532,750 for the city.

    Yep, it pays to slow down.