Agencies to begin traffic enforcement program
By KEN BLACK, TIMES-REPUBLICAN
POSTED: May 17, 2008
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Local law enforcement agencies across the state, including the Marshalltown Police Department and Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, will be participating in a special traffic enforcement program in conjunction with the Memorial Day holiday.
The program begins Monday and continues through the end of the month.
Memorial Day, considered by many to be the unofficial kickoff to summer, has a reputation as being one of the deadliest holidays for travelers and partiers.
Marshalltown, in the past, has not been one of those communities that has seen a significant increase in problems around the holiday, according to Marshalltown Police Chief Lon Walker.
In interviews he previously has given, Walker said the local area’s lack of water recreation, such as a boating lake, have helped to keep numbers down.
Usually, those interested in such opportunities will drive elsewhere in the state, he added. While that may increase the number of vehicles on rural roads, it generally has not caused much of a problem.
While the emphasis on special traffic enforcement is generally geared toward all types of traffic violations, seat belt usage is also a big part of the program.
Before and after the increase in enforcement, law enforcement agencies usually conduct “surveys” to determine how many drivers are in compliance with seat belt laws. Past surveys have shown an average of well more than 90 percent in Marshall County.
Contact Ken Black at 641-753-6611 or email@example.com
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