REGIONAL—For the first time in N’West 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 Sioux County Sheriff’s Office have put together a saturation project for Friday, Sept. 20, to combat injury and fatality crashes, according to Nick Erdmann, resource officer for Iowa State Patrol District 6.
As of Aug. 30, Iowa has had 204 fatalities from crashes this year.
Erdmann said while this number is below the five-year average of 213, it still is 204 families that have lost a loved one.
He said Iowa is on pace to reach the “Under 300” goal this year if the downtrend in fatality crashes continues.
There have been eight fatal crashes in Lyon, Osceola and Sioux counties as of Sept. 8. There were three fatal crashes in those three counties in all of 2018 and eight in 2017.
Troopers, deputies and officers will be out in force on Sept. 20 through all hours of the day.
They will be utilizing both marked and unmarked vehicles as well as an aircraft for enforcement.
There also will be an enhanced focus on commercial motor vehicle enforcement.
Enforcement will be concentrated on the Iowa State Patrol’s four traffic initiatives for 2019 which are:
seat belts. impaired driving. distracted driving. excessive speed.
However, all manner of violations will be addressed, Erdmann said.
“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 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,” the state trooper said.
“As always, slow down, put the phone down, buckle up, and don’t drive distracted.”