The final holiday weekend of the Summer is upon us with Labor Day Weekend starting on Friday. The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa State Patrol will be joining with other law enforcement agencies nationwide for the annual nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown on drunk driving to save lives on Iowa's streets and highways. This initiative is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's effort to save lives by focusing on drunk and drugged drivers. Together with law enforcement agencies across the nation, Iowa will have more than 250 city, county and state law enforcement agencies participating in this heightened enforcement event, that began Monday, Aug. 25 and continues through Sunday, Sept. 7.
"Driving drunk or drugged is a life threatening undertaking, not only for those who do it but for all of those who use Iowa's roadways," noted Patrick Hoye, Bureau Chief of the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau. "One of the deadliest and most often committed, yet preventable of crimes, drunk driving, has become a serious safety epidemic in our country."
Hoye continued, "Through high visibility enforcement, officers will remain vigilant, not only addressing drunken driving issues, but all traffic violations. Our number one goal is to save lives."
Last year in Iowa, 317 citizens died in motor vehicle crashes and 75 of those were attributed to drivers impaired by alcohol or other drugs.
According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, there were four fatalities during the three-day Labor Day Holiday in 2013, one of which was alcohol-related. Crash data has shown in past years, the months of August and September are the most deadliest months of the year.