I called the Iowa State Patrol one last time. It was to request the distance from the off-ramp on the interstate I was on in relation to the speed limit change. The trooper I spoke with did not know. He proceeded to ask me if I knew the distance I was clocked at. I told him I did not, and that I had been trying to obtain it, but the State Patrol department would not tell me, and neither would the County Attorney. I explained to him I had also obtained the ticket left for the courthouse, and that this information was not present. He said it is rare to use it over 1,000 ft, and most LIDAR readings are usually around 800 (as an arbitrary number) and guaranteed I would be within this range. I asked him about whether or not this should be on the ticket, and he admitted he always includes it, but some do not, as it is not required. Probably because it makes it easier to write tickets for them, and the state knows the public is unsuspecting and rarely considers challenging speeding citations. I left that part out.
I told him I knew I was nowhere near that range (which he didn't believe). He said he could find the distance for me in the database (thinking I'd pay the ticket then most likely). After a long silence, he finally said "longer than expected, 2,017ft". I then asked if this was within the State LIDAR protocol. He said he did not know, went on about how mistakes are made, but I was still speeding, even if I was in the 70 zone. I told him I wasn't and referred to this citation as an "across the board" mistake. From what I've noticed, there are no LIDAR regulations in Iowa. Anyone can be ticketed at any distance. I can only wonder how much money the state has made over bogus LIDAR tickets. Probably a lot. He did not speak further on the subject even as I tried to elicit more information. I thanked him for the information and told him I would be notifying the County Attorney once again regarding LIDAR protocol and whether or not my distance was in the specified range for Iowa, now that I had the distance. It seems like there is no specified range in Iowa required by law, but they do recommend keeping it under 1,000ft. I plan to use this to my advantage.
I have a few options. I plan to let the county attorney know of this, and hope they drop the charges before court (which I don't see happening), but worth a try. How the original trooper deliberately left this distance off my ticket, and his ticket, knowing this information could be advantageous to me, then in court I wouldn't know anything as to whether or not this was within any regulations (which apparently don't exist.)
I could tell towards the end of our conversation, he regretted telling me. Expected it to be under 1,000ft easily. There's also the possibility because he gave me the distance trying to prove a point to me (which failed) my case could be thrown out.
If anyone knows of other states that also adopted the New Jersey 1000ft ruling, please let me know. Thanks to those who have been helpful.