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UPDATE: Click It Or Ticket

Statewide Iowa — The Iowa State Patrol, in conjunction with Iowa’s county sheriffs and city police, conducted a STEP Enforcement Period May 20th through June 2nd.

The primary focus of the enforcement period was on seat belt use, with the program being called Click It or Ticket.

Official totals will be out later this month, according to Iowa State Patrol Trooper Nick Erdmann, but he has supplied us with preliminary figures. Unofficially, during the May 20th to June 2nd enforcement period, troopers issued 458 tickets for seat belt violations. Bear in mind that this number doesn’t include tickets written by deputies and local law enforcement officers around Iowa.

Erdmann continues to urge people to buckle up anytime you get into a vehicle. He says it takes less than two seconds, and could very well save your life.

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Original post 12:17 am, 5/19/2019

Northwest Iowa — Beginning this Monday, May 20th, Iowa law enforcement officers will be out in force for the latest Special Traffic Enforcement Program, or STEP period.

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Nick Erdmann tells us about the focus of this STEP enforcement period.

Trooper Erdmann says a fair percentage of the fatalities on Iowa roadways so far in 2019 weren’t buckled up.

He says many unbuckled fatalities happen in rollover crashes.

Erdmann says that, even if your vehicle is equipped with airbags, you still need to buckle your seat belt.

For the upcoming holiday weekend and beyond, Trooper Erdmann offers some advice on things you can do to be safe on the road.

Erdmann urges you to buckle your seat belt EVERY time you get into a vehicle. It’s easy, it only takes half-a-second, and it just might save your life.

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