STEP ResultsWritten by Theresa Rose on June 4, 2015
Between May 18, 2015 and May 31, 2015, the Mt Pleasant participated in the STEP program (Special Traffic Enforcement Program). A seat belt survey was conducted prior to the program and the percentage of drivers wearing seatbelts in Mt Pleasant was 89%. A sample was taken after the program and the percentage was 92%.
There were 198 contacts made during this program. There were 47 citations and over 157 warnings as some vehicles had multiple infractions. There was one OWI arrest and two arrest warrants.
Too many lives are lost on Iowa roadways due to excessive speeds because drivers are in a hurry to get to their destinations. Speeding, ignoring stop signs or other traffic signs, not buckling up, or even driving drunk could cost you financially, or worse, they may even cost you your life or the life of someone else.
How important is it to buckle up “Every Trip, Every Time?” Seventy-seven percent of all occupants ejected from a vehicle during a crash are killed. In 2013, Iowa had 317 traffic fatalities with more than 43% of them or 107 not restrained by a seat belt.
The Mt Pleasant Police Department continues to urge people to buckle up and drive safe.