Special Traffic Enforcement Begins Thursday

Statewide Iowa — The state Traffic Fatality Reduction Task Force is launching the second of four special traffic enforcement efforts Thursday.

State Patrol Public Information Officer Ryan Devault, says they are focusing on speeding, and the timing is based on past history.

Trooper Devault says he thinks speeds have come down from where they were when COVID was at its peak, but there are still egregious violations where drivers are in excess of 100 miles-an-hour.

The push to reduce speeding is intended to try and keep the number of speed-related fatalities below 300 for the year. Devault says it is something drivers can impact.

He acknowledges vehicles are much safer these days. They can brake for you when you are too close to another car on the highway, they can tell you when it’s safe to change lanes — and there could someday be totally autonomous cars without human input.

Devault also reminds you to not drive distracted or drive impaired, and buckle your seat belt.
The Iowa State Patrol will conduct the special traffic enforcement Thursday in Partnership with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, the Iowa Department of Transportation, and local law enforcement agencies.

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