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Speed trap: Dubuque police cracked down on Hwy. 20 Sunday

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Dubuque police issued 44 citations within a 2 1/2 hour time span Sunday afternoon in the 2200 block of Dodge Street (US Highway 20).

The special traffic enforcement project came as a response by the Dubuque Police Department to complaints they'd received of excessive speed in the area.

Of those 44 citations issued between 3:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday afternoon in the 45-mph zone, the average cited speed violation was 59.6 mph, Dubuque police spokesperson Lt. Scott Baxter said.

Baxter said those 44 citations represented only an estimated one-fourth of all the speeders during that time, due to the limited number of officers available to participate in the special enforcement project.

Two of those drivers were also cited for driving with a suspended driver's license, and one driver received a warning ticket for an equipment violation.

Baxter said drivers in Dubuque should expect increased traffic enforcement as the weather and driving conditions continue to improve. Several area road construction projects will begin soon, too, adding to the extra enforcement.

"Motorists are urged to slow down, increase awareness and expect delays," Baxter said, of construction-related traffic.

In some cases, Baxter said, fines for violations in construction zones can be doubled.

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