The Iowa Department of Public Safety and local area law enforcement have been making sure you arrive safely to your destination over the holiday weekend this past week. Law enforcement officials have been 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 with the Iowa Department of Public Safety says last year during the Thanksgiving sTEP project, 13 people were killed in Iowa.
He adds while there are more motorists on the roads during the day, the chances of a fatality from not wearing a seat belt at night is higher. Hunefeld says that just by wearing your seat belt, your odds of surviving a crash and reducing the extent of your injuries is increased by 50%. The sTEP program started last Monday and ends today.