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Seat Belt Safety Program Starting

Posted: Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 at 6:28 am
Author: KCII News - Bill Gatchel


The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office want to make sure you always arrive safely to your destination.  Beginning tomorrow, law enforcement officials will be on the roadways making sure motorists are buckled up and are obeying all traffic laws through Iowa’s special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP).   Randy Hunefeld, sTEP Coordinator with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau says when this program first started in 1996, statewide seat belt usage was at 75% and the current usage rate is 93%. 

He says there are approximately 250 law enforcement agencies across the state that participate in sTEP.  Hunefeld says the sTEP program will run tomorrow through Sunday.  To learn more about sTEP, listen to today’s Washington Page.