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Linn County Sheriff Ramps Up Patrols for Holiday

LINN COUNTY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- In an effort to make our streets and highways safer during the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday the Linn County Sheriffs Office will be joining other law enforcement agencies across the state in urging motorists to buckle up and obey all traffic laws. Beginning Monday November 25th and continuing through Sunday December 1st the Linn County Sheriffs Office will conduct increased visibility and aggressive traffic enforcement as part of the Iowas Governors Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB), special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP). It is anticipated that Linn County Sheriffs Deputies will spend close to 40 additional GTSB grant-funded hours patrolling Linn Countys roadways looking for traffic violators during this program. 

Far too many citizens are killed needlessly everyday on Iowa roadways because they dont obey traffic laws. As of November 8, 2013, Iowa has lost 263 drivers/occupants to traffic fatalities since the first of the year; 40 less than a year ago at this time.  Almost 39% of these deaths were reported as not wearing their seat belts, while 26% are listed as unknown or could not be determined.  These statistics clearly prove we must make seatbelts a top priority.  More than 50% of all fatalities, not including motorcycles and pedestrians, are the result of drivers/occupants not taking the time to buckle up.

Wearing your safety belt costs you nothing, but not wearing it could cost you a ticket, or worse - your life.  Motorists who are cited by Sheriffs Deputies for a safety belt violation will face a $132.50 citation ($50.00 fine, plus surcharges and court costs). 

Please remember to Buckle Up! Every Trip! Every Time.

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