Public Safety Dept. Won't Release Info on Branstad's License Plate
The Iowa Department of Public Safety has decided it will keep secret information about police checks on Governor Terry Branstad's license plate. The department said last month it would release information showing how many times the plate was run through police databases. But the department says it was mistaken, and the data must be kept confidential. The data would show whether Branstad's state-assigned vehicle faced other stops or pursuits beyond the April 26 incident where it was clocked at 84 mph. It would also show whether the vehicle was caught speeding or running red lights by traffic cameras but avoided citations because of its undercover designation. A former investigator alleges the governor's vehicle routinely speeds.