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The summer is winding down, but traffic increases this time of year with many people heading back to school or traveling to Labor Day destinations. As part of a statewide Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau initiative, the Waukee Police Department will be stepping up enforcement around the City from August 23-September 5, 2016. This increase in officers on patrol aims to take dangerous drivers off the road.
Almost one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the U.S. and Iowa involve drunk drivers. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 28 people, nationwide, die daily in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. In contrast, the simple act of wearing a seat belt is the single most effective thing a driver or passenger can do to protect themselves in a crash. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report shows that seat belts save more than 13,000 lives per year.
This Labor Day holiday and every other day of the year, buckle up and don’t drive drunk. Working together, we can help keep people safe on our roads!