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  Public Information Officer
Iowa Department of Public Safety
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2010 CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN
"BUCKLING DOWN ON THOSE WHO DON'T BUCKLE UP"

Des Moines, IOWA --- Law enforcement agencies in Iowa are getting ready to work with other agencies across the country on the National “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign.  Officers will be out en masse May 24 – June 4, 2010, enforcing traffic laws and making sure you are buckled up and driving sober.

Randy Hunefeld, sTEP Coordinator with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau advises that, “Iowa’s law enforcement community is serious about saving lives.”

Iowa currently has a 93% statewide, daytime seatbelt average, ranking Iowa in the top ten in the nation.  Our nighttime seatbelt average however is only 39%.  This year the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau is asking law enforcement partners to take the fight to the night.  Fifty percent of motor vehicle fatalities occur in the daytime when 88% of the motoring public is on the road, while the other 50% occur during nighttime hours when only 12% of the motoring public is on the road.  It’s time to get Iowa’s nighttime drivers to buckle up.

“Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up Click It or Ticket activities that will take place around the clock.  If law enforcement finds you on the road unbuckled anytime, you may receive a $93.75 ticket.  It you buckle up, you’ll save the cost of a ticket and may even save a life,” said Hunefeld.

Last year during the May “Click It or Ticket” campaign, 245 agencies and 1,823 officers participated in the effort recording 43,906 traffic violations ranging from operating while intoxicated to minor equipment violations.  Officers investigated 1,492 crashes and reported 2,064 motorist assists.  During last year’s enforcement, 12 fatalities occurred on Iowa roadways over Memorial Day weekend alone.

For additional information contact:

Randy Hunefeld, sTEP Coordinator
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau
215 East 7th Street – 3rd Floor
Des Moines, Iowa  50319-0248
Phone: (515) 725-6124
Email:  hunefeld@dps.state.ia.us
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