Heightened enforcement of drunk driving violations begins
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau to participate in the special Traffic Enforcement Program begun Monday and continuing through Sept. 7.
Sheriff deputies have begun heightened enforcement for intoxicated drivers, seat belt usage, speed, suspended drivers, narcotic searches, assisting motorists and other traffic violations on the roads of Jefferson County.
“Driving drunk or drugged is a life-threatening undertaking not only for those who do it but for all of those who use Iowa’s roadways,” said Patrick Hoye, bureau chief of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau. “Through high visibility enforcement, officers will remain vigilant, not only addressing drunken driving issues, but other traffic violations. Our numbers one goal is to save lives.”
In 2013, 317 Iowans died in motor vehicle crashes and 75 of those were attributed to drivers impaired by alcohol or other drugs.