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University Heights police set up speed trap


IOWA CITY (KWWL) -  "The sign reads 'Welcome to University Heights'.

But for many of those used to driving through here, the sign might as well read 'Beware'."

Amidst the west side of Iowa City sits University Heights, home to just more than one thousand people. But this small town has developed a big reputation.

"I was a lieutenant for Iowa City for 34 years and we knew the reputation over here. We didn't even speed through here," said University Heights Police Chief Ron Fort.

Fort says there is a simple reason why so often you see a patrol car waiting on Melrose Avenue.

"We have more free time. We don't have the call load that Iowa City, Cedar Rapids has. My officers have enough free time to do community policing and do traffic enforcement," added Fort.

It's 11:00 a.m. Thursday morning and Officer Don Strong has already lost track of how many cars he's pulled over. He's guessing this is around number ten. But most are for reasons other than a lead foot.

"Out of 67,000 traffic stops, less than a thousand are actually speeding tickets. The rest are warnings or other citations," said Strong. 

And if people still want to say University Heights is nothing more than a speed trap, Fort says so be it.

"And we never hide. We sit in plain sight so the speed trap stigma doesn't bother me at all. If it slows the people down, we're happy," added Strong.

Online News Director Nate Leding

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