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DRIVE SOBER: Holiday Week Special Enforcement

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City, county and state authorities say they’ll be ramping up efforts to find drunk drivers around the Labor Day holiday.

It’s part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” traffic enforcement program. The effort runs from August 23rd through September 5th.

“We encourage anyone planning on drinking alcohol this holiday to be responsible and designate a sober driver. With increased patrols and focused enforcement across Iowa, the odds of a drunk driver getting arrested greatly increase,” says Randy Hunefeld, sTEP coordinator with the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau.

Law enforcement held a similar sting during the week of July 4th.

Officers reported 295 contacts with alcohol and drug impaired drivers. There were also more than 1,100 seat belt violations and 4,600 speeding incidents.

The program also resulted in the apprehension of more than 200 wanted persons.