MPPD Releases sTEP ResultsWritten by Anna Greiner on September 12, 2016
Between August 23, 2016 and September 5, 2016, the Mt Pleasant Police Department participated in the sTEP program (special Traffic Enforcement Program). There were 589 contacts throughout the program. There were 39 tickets issued and 135 warnings issued. There were 47 motorist assists and 17 accidents investigated. It should be noted some of the high numbers were due to Old Thresher’s which occurred during this time frame. There were 12 officers from the department that participated in the program.
The sTEP projects are funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau through a program with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This money enables more officers to work more hours on roadways all across the state during times of the year when travel increases and traffic crashes, injury and death are most probable.
Almost one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States and Iowa involve drunk drivers. That means an average of 10,000 people in the United States have died needlessly every year since 2010. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 28 people, nationwide, die every day in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 53 minutes. During the 2014 (the last year statistics are available) Labor Day holiday weekend, 40 percent of the fatalities in traffic crashes involved drunk drivers, which was the highest percentage in over five years.
In contrast, the simple act of wearing a seat belt is the single most effective thing a driver or passenger can do to protect themselves in a crash. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report shows that seat belts save over 13,000 lives per year. That is more than the population of most Iowa towns, and it only takes approximately four seconds to buckle up.
Iowa law enforcement officers need your help and are asking every motorist that gets behind the wheel to buckle up and drive responsibly.