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For immediate release:  
August 27, 2014  
Des Moines, Iowa  

GTSB Partners with Multiple Agencies to Enforce “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign


Des Moines, IOWA – Over the three day period of August 15 – 17, 2014, the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, along with twelve other agencies, focused on a special enforcement project of a nearly 200 mile stretch of Highway 61.

The enforcement project along Hwy. 61 from Dubuque to Keokuk coincides with the national campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” that runs through the Labor Day holiday to September 7, 2014. The goal is to reduce the number of alcohol and drug impaired drivers and ultimately reduce the number of fatality crashes.

Hwy. 61 was chosen after data over the past 5 years has shown a high rate of impaired drivers and fatal crashes in the area.

The three-day stepped up enforcement produced:

  • 802 citations/warnings
  • 9 OWIs
  • 0 fatalities
  • 11 arrests for possession of narcotics
  • 2 personal injury crashes
  • 58 motorist assists

The ultimate goal of the enforcement project was to reduce the number of crashes and have zero fatalities.

The following agencies took part in the enforcement project on Hwy 61: Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office, Bluegrass Police Department, Walcott Police Department, Le Claire Police Department, DeWitt Police Department, Burlington Police Department, Muscatine Police Department and Districts 10, 12, and 13 of the Iowa State Patrol.

For further information, please contact GTSB’s Denny Becker at (515) 725-6128.

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