Jefferson County Sheriff deputies will increase traffic patrols for Fourth of July holiday
DES MOINES — To prevent death and injury, Iowa law enforcement is asking the motoring public to buckle up, slow down and drive sober.
More than 250 city, county and state law enforcement agencies across Iowa will participate in a special Traffic Enforcement Program beginning Tuesday through July 7, in an effort to keep everyone safe as they travel.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with sTEP with heightened enforcement looking for intoxicated drivers, seat belt safety use, speeding, suspended drivers, narcotics and other traffic violations. in addition to assisting motorists.
The sTEP projects are funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau through a program with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This funding enables more officers to work more hours on roadways all across the state during times of the year when travel increases and traffic crashes, injury and death are most probable.
“Too many people still take the attitude that it will never happen to me,” sTEP Coordinator Randy Hunefeld said. “But fatal crashes can and do happen every day. We’ve made a lot of progress, but there are still too many people in Iowa dying because they are unbuckled, speeding, and driving intoxicated or impaired.”
Iowa law enforcement officers are asking every motorist that gets behind the wheel to buckle up and drive responsibly.