For the first time ever in northwest Iowa, two state and three county law enforcement agencies are coming together for a traffic safety saturation project. Administration from the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office have put together a saturation project that will take place on Friday, September 20, in order to combat injury and fatality motor vehicle accidents.
As of Friday, August 30, 2019 Iowa has had 204 fatalities from motor vehicle accidents this year. While this number is below the five-year average of 213, it is still 204 families that have lost a loved one. Iowa is on pace to reach the “Under 300” goal this year if the downtrend in fatality motor vehicle accidents continues.
Deputies, Troopers and Officers will be out in force on September 20 through all hours of the day; they will be utilizing both marked and unmarked vehicles as well as an aircraft for enforcement. There will also be an enhanced focus on commercial motor vehicle enforcement.
Enforcement will be concentrated on four traffic initiatives for 2019 which are: seat belts, impaired driving, distracted driving, and excessive speed; however, all manner of violations will be addressed.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol and Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement ask that the motoring public are mindful of their driving behaviors and remind drivers that together we can all do our part to reach the “Under 300” goal.
As always, slow down, put the phone down, buckle up, and don’t drive distracted.