(KTIV) – Law enforcement across the state of Iowa started a two-week effort on the state’s highways as part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
With holiday weekends comes busy roadways and that’s why Iowa Law Enforcement Officials are implementing a special campaign to keep drivers safe over the next few weeks.
Officials say during this campaign, officers will be looking for several key problem areas among drivers.
They say they will be looking for violations such as impaired driving, not being buckled up and texting and driving.
While the name of the campaign focuses heavily on driving under the influence, officials say they just want to prevent distracted or harmful driving of any kind.
Trooper Farley of Iowa State Patrol says Labor Day Weekend can be one of the most dangerous times to drive because of the heavy traffic.
“We have a lot of traffic in the state of Iowa during this month, and that’s why, obviously, we have more traffic, it does equal more accidents,” said Trooper Farley.
Trooper Farley says in addition to this month-long campaign, the Iowa State Patrol began another campaign at the beginning of this year—It is called the Under 300 Campaign.
The purpose is to raise awareness towards, and try to prevent, any fatal car accident.
“Part of this Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is directly related to that,” said Trooper Farley. “All fatality accidents, impairments or not, are crucial to the Iowa State Patrol and so we are really going to make sure that this emphasis on this campaign drives us to that goal of under 300 fatalities throughout our state this year.”
Trooper Farely says the ultimate goal of law officials over the next several weeks is to keep the roadways safe for all drivers in Iowa and reduce the risk of accidents related to distracted driving.