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Local law enforcement participates in state holiday safety

Nov 25, 2013

Fairfield Police Department will participate in the State of Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau — special Traffic Enforcement Program for safer roadways in Iowa.

The Fairfield Police Department is asking everyone to buckle up, obey speed limits, drive responsibly and have a safe Thanksgiving holiday.

The high visibility traffic enforcement event began today and runs through Dec. 1.

Iowa law enforcement will be out in force this week with increased visibility and aggressive traffic enforcement. The Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau announces 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.

“The number one priority is to save lives,” said 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 not acceptable,” he said.

Six of Iowa’s nine deaths last year were motorists not using seatbelts.

As of Nov. 8, Iowa has lost 263 drivers and occupants to traffic fatalities during 2013; 40 less than a year ago at this time. Almost 39 percent of these deaths were reported as not wearing seat belts, while 26 percent are listed as unknown or could not be determined.

“These statistics clearly prove we must make seatbelts a top priority,” said Hunefeld. “More than half of all fatalities, not including motorcycles and pedestrians, are the result of drivers and occupants not taking the time to buckle up.”

Fairfield Police Department reminds everyone of that statistic.

“The data clearly shows that buckling up alone increases your odds of surviving a serious crash by 50 percent,” said Hunefeld.

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