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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Des Moines Police Department will activate the "Speed on Green" feature on the red light camera at the 9th Street and Grand Avenue intersection on Monday.

Last year, that intersection was ranked the third most dangerous intersection in terms of the number of accidents in Des Moines, with 18 collisions.

Des Moines police said that between a seven-month period, over 1.6 million cars traveled southbound through the 9th and Grand Avenue intersection. Of those, over 25,000 vehicles exceeded the posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour by a minimum of 11+ miles per hour.

“We're trying to make sure we can blend the drivers of the cars, the bicyclists and the pedestrians in the area safely, particularly as the number of each of those increases,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek.

Parizek said the broadside collisions that occur in the intersection are where people sustain the most injury. It’s the third most dangerous intersection in Des Moines.

But the Des Moines Police Department says the camera is the only feasible way to enforce the speed limit and they aren't waiting any longer.

“We’re not going to wait until somebody gets killed or injured down here to do something about it. The intersection doesn't really support traditional methods of putting a police car and a radar gun. And when we start looking at the parking and the volume of traffic, it's just not going to be effective for that,” Parizek said.

If you get caught speeding at the intersection it will cost you $65.

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