“Safe Saturdays” Program Begins

The Iowa State Patrol has launched a special enforcement program for each Saturday in the Month of June, dubbed “Safe Saturdays”.

Each Saturday in June, the State Patrol will activate entire districts from the hours of 5:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. All uniformed officers, regardless of rank, will participate in the program. This will increase the active staff level on those evening anywhere from 40% to 50%.

The…program will focus Troopers on excessive speed, seatbelt usage, and impaired driving.

The impetus for such an aggressive increase in enforcement is the State Patrol’s recognition that June is one of the deadliest months on Iowa highways and a large percentage of fatal accidents occur on Saturday nights.

According to the State Patrol, per mile driven, a driver in Iowa is three times more likely to be killed when driving at night..

“When you look critically at the data, it’s obvious that there’s a need for more night time enforcement,” commented Iowa State Patrol Colonel Patrick J. Hoye. “We intend to fill that need for more night time enforcement. The Iowa State Patrol will do everything we can to prevent death on Iowa roadways.”

The “Safe Saturdays” program will focus Troopers on excessive speed, seatbelt usage, and impaired driving. The State Patrol charged their District Commanders to review their statistics to identify areas with high rates of infractions and accidents. According to the State Patrol, they will then utilize “saturation patrols” in the identified areas to improve public safety.

The schedule and district information can be found on DPS’ site, here.

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