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Iowa State Police Urge Drivers to Stay Safe Over Holiday

In order to keep traffic fatalities down, additional Iowa State Police officers will be on the roads in this weekend leading up to Monday's July 4th celebrations. (dps.state.ia.us)
In order to keep traffic fatalities down, additional Iowa State Police officers will be on the roads in this weekend leading up to Monday's July 4th celebrations. (dps.state.ia.us)
July 1, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa – The latest numbers show 174 people have died in traffic accidents so far during 2016 in Iowa. Trooper Vince Kurtz, a public resource officer with the Iowa State Police, calls it an unfortunate rise.

"Right now, we're looking at a very steep increase from last year at this time, and about a 36 percent increase from this time last year," says Kurtz.

He notes that, because increased traffic enforcement and drivers witnessing it have proved to reduce the number of crashes, extra Iowa State Police officers will be on the roads leading up to the July 4th celebration on Monday.

"People should be ready to see that extra presence out on the road, and know that it is for the right reasons," he explains. "To get people to slow down, to get them safely to their destination and then, to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday after that."

He adds, most of all, avoiding traffic deaths this holiday weekend is up to the drivers, who need to make sure everyone in their vehicle buckles up.

"About 46 percent of those people that were killed were not belted in the crash that they died in," he says. "On top of that, the other issue we're looking at as an increase would be alcohol and other impairments."

Those, he says, include illegal drugs and distracted driving, such as texting behind the wheel.

Bob Kessler, Public News Service - IA