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Special Enforcement Planned For St. Patrick’s Weekend

March 11, 2014
Emmetsburg News

The Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau and the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office are reminding motoring public that speed is your enemy, not only during the cold weather months, but all through the year. Far too often, the driver who is hurrying to get to work, going to the grocery store or traveling to an out-of-town destination can't react fast enough to a situation and a crash occurs. It can be one of the most deadly mistakes a driver can make.

As part of the 2014 STEP program (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau is teaming up with the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office and other city, county and state law enforcement officers who will be out in force beginning Friday, March 14 through March 17 looking to crack down on those motorists who aren't buckled up, speeding or operating while intoxicated. Remember to Buckle Up and Arrive Alive! And, Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk.

In a Special Traffic Enforcement Project conducted last year during the St. Patrick's Day holiday, 205 law enforcement agencies reported 352 Operating While Intoxicated arrests, 5,154 speeding violations and 2,393 seat belt violations, with almost 17,000 combined total traffic violations of all types.

"The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office continues to stress to the motoring public the importance of buckling up, slowing down and to drive sober to increase the odds of preventing, or at least surviving a crash," noted Palo Alto County Sheriff Lynn Schultes. "Be safe and enjoy your St. Patrick's Day."

The next STEP enforcement event is scheduled for May 19 through June 1.

For more information on Iowa STEP efforts, please visit



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