sTEP effort underway for 4th of July travel

Posted July 2, 2014 at 4:48 pm

To prevent death and injury, Iowa law enforcement is again asking the motoring public to buckle up, slow down and drive sober. According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, there were six traffic fatalities during the Fourth of July weekend last year, which was a four-day weekend, three of which were alcohol related.

From July 1 through 7, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is joining more than 250 city, county and state law enforcement agencies across the state in a special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP) in an effort to keep everyone safe as they travel. The sTEP projects are funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau through a program with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This money enables more officers to work more hours on roadways across the state during times of the year when travel increases and traffic crashes, injury and death are most probable.

“Too many people think that it will never happen to them. But fatal crashes happen every day. We’ve made a lot of progress, but there is still work to do. Too many people are in Iowa are dying because they are unbuckled, speeding and driving intoxicated or impaired,” said Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jamison Van Voorst.

Iowa law enforcement officers are asking every motorist to buckle up and drive responsibly.

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