Automated Traffic Enforcement

Program Initialization

During the spring of 2012 city officials adopted an enforcement ordinance in which flagrant speeding violators traveling at 11 mph over the speed limit would be cited with a civil violation.

A traffic safety forum was held on December 14, 2011 to announce the automated enforcement proposal to the public. The police department had been studying recurring traffic safety problems within their jurisdiction and presented solutions to addressing issues of: high speed segment recordings, calls-for-service along primary roadways, crash data along primary roadways and residential speed monitoring requests.

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.

Review the Iowa Department of Transportation Justification Report.

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 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).

Program Implementation

In April 2016 the city awarded a new Automated Traffic Enforcement Contract to American Traffic Solutions (ATS). At this time the city council requested a Fixed Speed Units to be provided on University Ave between 63rd Street and 73rd Street, as well as a Mobile Speed Enforcement Vehicle. Speed data along University Ave. indicated over 5 violations occurring every hour.

Currently the city operates 1-fixed traffic enforcement pole at 6400 University Ave; 1-fixed traffic enforcement pole at 7100 University Ave. This design is setup to calm traffic flow between the two areas making for safer commute. Each pole is equipped with a speed advisory sign to inform the driver of their speed. Lastly, the city operates one mobile enforcement vehicle that is placed along the city’s two main auxiliary roads as well as responding to citizen speed complaints.

Review FAQs for the Automated Traffic Enforcement program.