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Tuesday, June 1, 2010  

ISP GEARS UP FOR 2ND YEAR OF SAFE SATURDAYS

Des Moines, IOWA --- Building off the success of 2009, the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Iowa State Patrol Division is preparing staff for another June of Safe Saturdays.  This month Troopers will be scheduled to ensure extra manpower on each and every Saturday throughout the month of June.  Troopers will be focused on removing drunk drivers from the roadways, as data indicates Saturdays in June are some of the deadliest days on Iowa roadways in recent years. 

“Last year when we started Safe Saturdays, I was hopeful it would be a good project, positively impacting Iowa,” said Colonel Patrick Hoye, Chief of the Iowa State Patrol. “But the project far exceeded my expectations.  It was so successful we’re doing it again in 2010.”

During 2009, Troopers increased their June OWI arrests by 120 percent over the previous year.  Additionally, they increased their speeding citations by 81 percent and their seat belt citations 51 percent.  During June of 2009, there were 34 fatalities on Iowa roadways, far fewer than the average 41.  Additionally, only one of the 34 fatalities occurred on a Saturday night where Troopers were working the Highways or Interstates.

Every sworn officer, regardless of rank, within the Iowa State Patrol will work the roads on a Safe Saturday.  The projects will be staggered geographically and District Lieutenants will outline specific written plans targeting speed, seatbelts and alcohol violations according to the needs of their area.  ISP Aircraft and LIDAR will be incorporated into the enforcement program, if weather permits. 

See the chart below to find out when Safe Saturdays are being executed in your area.

June 5, 2010 June 12, 2010 June 19, 2010 June 26, 2010
District #1
260 NW 28th Place
Des Moines, IA 50313
(515) 725-0010
District #3
2025 Hunt Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 328-8001
District #2
1619 Truro Pavement
Osceola, IA 50213
(641) 342-2108
District #4
3710 Highway 30 East
Denison, IA 51442
(712) 263-4621
       
District #6
503 W. 44th Street
Spencer, IA 51301
(712) 262-1424
District #8
4425 S. Washington Ave
Mason City, IA 50401
(641) 424-3625
District #9
1510 W. 1st Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
(319) 266-2677
District #11
5400 16th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
(319) 396-1944
       
District #10
15239 35th Street
Oelwein, IA 50662
(319) 283-5521
District #13
1300 Grand Ave, Ste 201
Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641
(319) 385-8715

District 12
22365 20th Avenue
Stockton, IA 52769
(563) 284-9501

District #7
RR5, 2437 235th Street
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 972-4213
       

If you're a member of the media and would like to arrange a ride-along or coverage of the Safe Saturday operations in your area, please feel free to contact the local District Commander.

 

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