FATAL ACCIDENTS: Two Killed Over Holiday Weekend
Two drivers died in separate crashes on Iowa roads over the Labor Day weekend.
57-year old Thomas Vogtman died driving on I-80 in Pottawattamie County, Saturday and 24-year old Jake Champ was killed when he lost control in Mills County, Sunday.
The Iowa State Patrol says overall fatalities are down from this time last year.
“We were at four at this point last year for the holiday weekend. Year total, we’re done about 41. So that’s quite significant,” says Trooper Corey Champlin.
Troopers credit traffic enforcement programs like “Drive sober or get pulled over” which runs until the end of next weekend.
Officials say these types of campaigns can reduce drunken driving deaths by as much as 20-percent.
Police have been out in full force for the holiday weekend looking for drunk and impaired drivers, speeders, and seat belt violations.
“When we came down 35, we saw, two sheriffs, two state police,” says Barb Brookhouse.
Troopers say they can’t pull every violator over but just knowing there is more eyes on the road could keep drivers from going over the limit.
“They’re not getting any money from us, we’re going to stick the speed limit,” says Jon Brookhouse.
“Maintain the speed limit, give yourself plenty of distance between cars around you, take your time, wear your selt belt, use a designated driver if you need to,” says Champlin.