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West Des Moines Police Cracking Down on Distracted Drivers this Summer

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The West Des Moines Police Department is cracking down on distracted drivers this summer.

Between the Memorial Day holiday on May 30 and the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 5, officers will be strictly enforcing traffic violations that lead to distracted driving and crashes.

Officers will be paying attention to violations such as speeding, failure to obey traffic control devices, improper use of lanes, texting while driving and failure to wear seat belts.

According to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, drivers who use hand-held devices while driving are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves or others.

Over 3,331 people were killed and over 387,000 injured in crashes related to distracted driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.