City sTEPs up with state enforcement
News · August 15, 2007

The West Branch Police Department will take part in the statewide Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP) from Aug. 17 through Sept. 3.

Together with agencies across the nation, Iowa’s law enforcement officers will join the “Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” enforcement effort as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) initiative with sTEP.

“Our purpose continues to be convincing the motoring public to buckle up, save lives and reduce serious injuries. During this sTEP wave we need to further focus our attention on getting drunk or impaired drivers off our roadways. A simple mistake by a drunk driver can have costly results,” said Randy Hunefeld, sTEP Coordinator with the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau. “We encourage anyone planning on drinking alcohol to be responsible and designate a sober driver. With increased patrols and focused enforcement across Iowa this Labor Day holiday, the odds of a drunk driver getting arrested are greatly increased.”

During the July 2-6 sTEP wave, participating agencies reported 285 contacts with alcohol/drug-impaired drivers, 1,473 safety belt violations, 3,797 speeding violations, 308 stop sign/traffic signal violations and a total of 10,242 enforcement contacts.

Officers assisted 707 motorists and apprehended 145 wanted persons, 22 felony and 102 narcotics arrests during that period.

The next sTEP wave is scheduled for November 19-25.