Law enforcement will make seat belt enforcement a top priority during the Thanksgiving holiday
DES MOINES — Iowa law enforcement will be out in force again this Thanksgiving holiday with increased visibility and aggressive traffic enforcement. The Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) is announcing extra city, county and state officers will be out in force ensuring travelers buckle up, slow down and drive responsibly in order to save lives and reduce crashes.
This high-visibility traffic enforcement event will begin Nov. 25, 2013, and run through Dec. 1, 2013. The No. 1 priority of this Special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP) is to SAVE LIVES,” says Randy Hunefeld, sTEP Coordinator with the GTSB. “According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, nine traffic fatalities occurred during the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday, which is just not acceptable.” Six of those nine deaths were motorists not using seat belts.
As of Nov. 8, 2013, Iowa has lost 263 drivers/occupants to traffic fatalities during 2013 — 40 fewer than a year ago at this time. Almost 39 percent of these deaths were reported as not wearing their seat belts, while 26 percent are listed as unknown or could not be determined. These statistics clearly prove we must make seat belts a top priority. More than 50 percent of all fatalities, not including motorcycles and pedestrians, are the result of driver/occupants not taking the time to buckle up.
Iowa Law Enforcement wishes everyone a safe Thanksgiving holiday and requests every occupant buckle up when you are in your vehicle. The data clearly shows that buckling up alone increases your odds of surviving a serious crash by 50 percent.
“Buckle Up! Every trip! Every time.”