Increased WDM Police Presence for St. Patrick’s Day

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Expect an increase in police presence this week during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

West Des Moines police officers will be conducting high-visibility traffic enforcement from Wednesday until Sunday. The initiative is in conjunction with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau.

Authorities say it is in an effort to reduce traffic related injuries and deaths on Iowa roadways. Officers will be looking out for all traffic violations but are specifically on the lookout for drivers not using seatbelts and drivers under the influence.

Seatbelt usage reduces the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45% and in Iowa, alcohol is second only to excessive speed as a contributing factor in overall traffic crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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