At least 70 tickets written on first days of speeding project

The Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS At least 70 people were given speeding tickets on the first two days of the Police Department's new speed enforcement project that will continue through the summer.

Numerous complaints of excessive speeding on Interstate 380 through Cedar Rapids' downtown prompted traffic officers' enforcement efforts, said Capt. Glen Fox, who is in charge of the Traffic Bureau. That's why the first of them were done there Monday and Tuesday.

"Now that things are finally settling down after the flood, we can devote our attention to improving safety on our roads," Fox said.

The speed limit through town is 55 mph, he said, and everyone who was ticketed was going at least 70 mph with a few much faster than that. Officers issued 50 tickets Monday and another 20 were written by midafternoon Tuesday, Fox said.

"We hope the number will keep going down," he said.

The projects will continue throughout the summer at various locations, including on Edgewood Road and at intersections deemed dangerous for their high number of accidents, Fox said.