St. Patrick’s Traffic Enforcement Campaign Getting Started This Week

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau is partnering with law enforcement across Iowa for a week-long traffic enforcement campaign that coincides with the St. Patrick’s Day Holiday.

The campaign goes from this Wednesday, March 13th through the 21st. The slogan is “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th. Since the holiday falls on a Sunday, GTSB anticipates that alcohol consumption will increase throughout the weekend. Last March, there were 26 traffic fatalities on Iowa roads, and almost 40 percent of those occurred the week of St. Patrick’s Day.

GTSB also reminds drivers to watch for pedestrians. An increase in alcohol consumption and pedestrian traffic can be a dangerous combination. If you’re on foot, cross streets in well-lit areas and use the crosswalks. If you find yourself drunk and stranded with your vehicle, give the keys to a sober driver who can safely drive you home. Never get in a vehicle with a drunk driver, and don’t let someone drive drunk.

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau works with city, county, state, and local organizations to develop and implement strategies to reduce deaths and injuries on Iowa’s roadways using federally funded grants.


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