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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 28, 2014

sTEP set to save lives

Jul 02, 2013

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau and Iowa law enforcement agencies are teaming up to save lives this Fourth of July holiday by asking everyone to buckle up.

Through Sunday, law enforcement agencies around the state will be conducting “High Visibility” enforcement, cracking down on traffic violators, especially those motorists and occupants not buckled up.

Since its inception in 1986, Iowa’s seat belt law has been a primary law, allowing officers to pull over violators solely for not being belted.  A seat belt violation citation costs $127.50.

If that isn’t enough to entice drivers and passengers to buckle up, how about increasing chances of surviving a crash by 50 percent.  Banking on not being involved in a crash is simply not good math.

As of June 12, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa has experienced 117 traffic fatalities in 2013.  While this is a reduction of 38 fewer deaths than this time last year, every death is one death too many.

According to the same data, more than 38.5 percent or 37 of the state fatalities involved individuals who were not using a seat belt.

Buckle up for every trip regardless of the distance.

During the July sTEP wave in 2012, nearly 16,000 total traffic violations, including 1,223 seat belt and 4,753 speed violations, were reported by 1,444 enforcement officers and 226 agencies around the state.

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