Law enforcement weigh in on Polk County ruling


MASON CITY, Iowa- A Polk County judge ruled a speeding ticket was illegally given by a Department of Transportation Officer leaving law enforcement agencies to worry if thousands of other tickets handed out in a similar way may be null and void.

Those with the Iowa DOT say those on the Motor Vehicle Division have attended the same classes as law enforcement making them more than capable of administering speeding violations. While they say their main purpose is to monitor commercial trucking violations those with local law enforcement say they need DOT officers to help keep the roadways safe.

“Any violation that occurs to the motoring public is protecting other motorists,” says Lt. Lon Johnson of the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office. “If there’s a gross violation such as excessive speed, that needs to be addressed, I would expect them to address that to stop the problem.”

Those with the DOT say they have 30 days to appeal the ruling.

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