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Council test drives speed camera idea

December 20, 2022

The City Council of Webster City on Monday heard a presentation by speed camera firm Sensys Gatso during a 5:30 p.m. work session.

The City announced at a previous meeting that it is considering the installation of speed cameras.

At that previous meeting, Webster City Police Chief Shiloh Mork said he could support the use of speed cameras in Webster City only if their purpose was for safety.

It was pointed out then that, in addition to safety, speed cameras would likely add some much-needed revenue to the city coffers.

“Start small. Test drive it.” That’s what the Sensys Gatso representative suggested on Monday.

Swedish firm Sensys Gatso was founded in 1958 by former racing driver Maurice Gatsonides, according to its website. He invented a device that could measure speed at the race track, but then realized the technology could improve road safety.

The council heard that, with the Sensys Gatso system, it is the firm that sends out notices to violators. There are no upfront costs; it is violator funded.

A portal can assist with paying or request a hearing.

Violations do not go against the driver’s record, the council heard, but the local police could issue a municipal infraction.

Also, the firm can create a hot list that can be used to back up local law enforcement.

Cedar Rapids is one Iowa community that currently uses Sensys Gatso

“Don’t shotgun blast your community,” the rep suggested. “Start small.”

No decisions were made.


View this article as it originally appeared in the Daily Freeman-Journal.

Last modified: December 20, 2022

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