Together with agencies across the nation, Iowa’s law enforcement agencies are participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” special Traffic Enforcement Program — or “sTEP” — an initiative of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Sioux County Chief Deputy Nate Huizenga says officials from city, county, and state law enforcement agencies are executing heightened enforcement on Iowa roads through September 7th.
Randy Hunefeld, sTEP Coordinator with the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau says that a simple mistake by a drunk driver can have costly results. He encourages anyone planning on drinking alcohol this holiday to be responsible and designate a sober driver. With increased patrols and focused enforcement across Iowa, he says the odds of a drunk driver getting arrested also greatly increase.
According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, there were 4 fatalities during the 3-day Labor Day Holiday last year, one of which was alcohol-related. Crash data has shown in the past five years, the months of August and September are the deadliest months of the year.