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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 30, 2014

sTEP enforcement planned on March 14 through 17

By David Hotle | Mar 12, 2014

The Washington Police Department announced today that the next special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP) will be held March 14 through March 17. Sgt. Shawn Ellingson reported that the department is pushing “zero tolerance” for seat belt violations.
Ellingson said that the goal is to get people to buckle up, slow down and drive sober in order to save lives and reduce serious crashes. In 2012, 72 percent of fatal Iowa crashes occurred on secondary roads. Randy Hunefeld, the sTEP coordinator of the Department of Public Safety – Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, said that because rural road fatalities in Iowa are well above the national average, directing efforts toward rural road safety has become a major concern.
The sTEP program, from the Iowa State Patrol, invites law enforcement from throughout the state to participate in “high visibility” traffic enforcement. The events call for heightened traffic enforcement for all traffic violations with a main emphasis on seat belt use.

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