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Iowa speeding convictions trend down as traffic deaths rise

Posted on AllSides April 21st, 2024

Speeding convictions in Iowa rose in 2023, but still were down about 17 percent from a decade ago — a decline that some law enforcement officials believe isn’t due to drivers speeding any less, but rather reduced enforcement as agencies cope with staff shortages and increased workloads. The downward trend in speeding convictions comes as deaths on Iowa roads continued to increase in 2023. There were 377 traffic fatalities in Iowa last year, the most since 2016. Despite the increase in deaths, state lawmakers this year voted to crack down...

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