The Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau is announcing that some 250 law enforcement agencies from around the state will be on the roads beginning March 18 for this year's second special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP) wave. They will be looking for not only drunk drivers and safety belt violators, but for all traffic violations.
With the record number of traffic fatalities (59) that occurred this January and February, officers will be stepping up their enforcement activity in hopes of slowing down that trend throughout the rest of the year. Of the 59 fatalities in the last two months, 17 (30%) were unbelted and the seatbelt status of another eight was unknown.
In 2011, Iowa recorded 303 traffic fatalities. Though this is a record low over the last 66 years, it still represents one life lost each and every day, and it is still an enormous tragedy, especially to those close to the fatality victims.
According to Iowa's sTEP Coordinator Randy Hunefeld there were 242 agencies who participated in the March 2011 sTEP enforcement wave, resulting in 18,284 traffic citations and warnings being issued.
The next sTEP enforcement wave will be from May 21-June 3, 2012, during the National Click It or Ticket campaign.