Automated Speed Enforcement
History of Automated Enforcement in Windsor Heights
On December 14, 2011, the City of Windsor Heights, in conjunction with the Windsor Heights Police Department, held a traffic safety forum in a “town hall” style meeting to announce a proposal by the police department to introduce automated traffic enforcement systems into the city’s jurisdiction. The police department had been studying recurring traffic safety problem areas within their jurisdiction for several months and presented solutions to addressing these on-going issues.
In the spring of 2012 city officials adopted an enforcement ordinance in which flagrant speeding violators traveling at greater than 11 mph over the posted speed limit would be charged with a civil violation. The minimum fine associated with this violation is $65; the same violation issued under criminal sanctions of the Iowa Code would cost a violator $168 and has the potential to go against the driver’s license status. However, because the City’s civil violation is directed to the registered owner of a vehicle (similar to a parking violation), it is not brought against the violator’s drivers license status.
In the summer of 2012, the Police Department submitted a justification report to the Iowa Department of Transportation in an attempt to secure permits to implement the fixed enforcement system on westbound Interstate 235. This request was denied.
In December 2012 the Police Department implemented two mobile enforcement units – one being a marked Chevy Sonic, and the other being a marked radar speed trailer. Each of these units is deployed daily in problem areas throughout the city. Due to the mobile nature of this technology, deployment locations are announced in “real time” through the Police Department’s social media outlets (Facebook and Twitter). A monthly report on violator contacts and revenues generated from traffic camera citations that are issued and paid through the city's contractor, Gatso USA Traffic Enforcement Solutions, are provided to the public.