The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office is among the local law enforcement agencies joining in Iowa’s special statewide Traffic Fatality Reduction Task Force Thursday (09.16).
The special traffic patrol is an effort to reduce deaths on Iowa roadways by reducing the number of speeding drivers during one of the most deadly traffic periods in the state according to the past 10 years of crash data.
The Iowa State Patrol says since the start of the pandemic, Iowa has seen a significant increase in drivers greatly exceeding the speed limit. Recent data tracking speeding violations from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020, shows a 74 percent increase in drivers exceeding the speed limit by 25 mph or more.
Even more alarming: almost 1,500 drivers were cited for speeds that exceeded 100 mph and law enforcement has routinely clocked speeds as high as 121 to 155 mph on roads throughout Iowa.
The eventual goal for fatalities in Iowa is ZERO, but the incremental goal for 2021 is under 300, which would be down from 338 in 2020.