The Special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP) “Click It or Ticket” continues through Sunday (June 6).
In conjunction with the Iowa State Patrol, law enforcement agencies across Iowa are increasing efforts to make sure motorists are buckling up. Floyd County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Luke Johnson says everyone in the vehicle needs to buckle up every time.
Johnson says while the focus of sTEP “Click It or Ticket” is seatbelt usage, they’re always on the lookout for speeders and notes excessive speeding has become a larger problem.
Last Friday, a 71-year-old woman from Denver, Iowa, was killed when the car she was driving was broadsided by a van, causing her to be ejected from the vehicle. She was not wearing a seatbelt.
The Iowa Department of Transportation says 40 people died in traffic accidents last month, making it the deadliest May for traffic deaths since 2016. As of June 3, the DOT listed 116 Iowans killed this year in traffic crashes, including five already in June. Authorities say the pandemic is partly to blame with more people traveling this year after staying home so much last year due to COVID-19.