Beginning Monday October 6th 2014, the DMPD will begin using an additional mobile radar unit to address issues of speeding vehicles throughout the city.
The implementation of the second mobile radar unit is largely driven by speeding complaints and Neighborhood Association concerns. Speeding vehicles continue to be an important issue with citizens of Des Moines as reflected in our increasing number of complaints received each year. In 2012 there were 241 speed related complaints received by our Traffic unit. That number increased to 281 in 2013. The new mobile radar unit will accommodate complaints that fall outside the current operating hours.
The mobile radar units provide enforcement options for problematic areas where traditional enforcement may be impractical or unsafe for both motorists and police officers. They also provide opportunities for officers to address other priorities such as hit and run follow-ups, OWI enforcement and accident investigation involving serious injury and death.
This equipment also serves as a deterrent and a data collection point for assessing chronic traffic related issues as part of our traffic safety plan.
In 2013, the existing mobile radar unit issued 4442 speeding citations through its various locations.