Quad Citians weigh in on traffic enforcement
Nicole Murphy Reporter
12:26 AM CDT, May 9, 2009
DAVENPORT, Iowa - DAVENPORT, Iowa - Davenport police say more than 200 motorists were stopped Thursday night during its overnight traffic safety checks.
14 Davenport officers teamed up with 4 Iowa State Police to issue 73 citations to drivers failing to wear seat belts. Nine others were suspected drunk drivers which six had open containers of alcohol in their car.
News 8 asked area residents if they think events like these help keep our roads safe. "We need to be safe with our children especially we need to wear our seatbelts and people that drink and drive cause accidents and we don't want that," says Bettendorf resident Beth Markovich. Andy Kazmierczak, also of Bettendorf, disagrees. "I think if they have probable cause but I don't think it's good for anybody if they're pulling people over randomly."
When asked if there should be more of these safety stops, answers ranged from "definitely more", to "less".
The program called "Operation Midway" was conducted in a number of Iowa counties and is the second in a series of seven to be held during the summer.
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