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Teen drivers beware on Friday


IOWA CITY (KWWL) - A special school zone enforcement event will be conducted on Friday, with concentrated enforcement before and after school and before and after any sporting events.

The enforcement effort is spearheaded by the Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) in conjunction with the 2009 National Teen Safety Week.

An emphasis on seatbelts, speed and impaired driving will be maintained in an attempt to lower the serious injury and fatality crashes that happen on Iowa roads. The Iowa Department of Public Safety, Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau is asking all law enforcement agencies in the state to participate in this one day event.

In 2008, 48 young people between the ages of 15 and 20 were killed in Iowa fatal crashes. Young Iowans were drivers of vehicles involving 65 of the State's total traffic fatalities that year. While drivers ages 15-20 make up only 9% of Iowa licensed drivers, in 2008, they constituted: 11% of Iowa drivers in fatal crashes nearly 12% of Iowa's fatality victims over 15% of Iowa drivers in serious injury crashes and more than 16% of Iowans seriously injured in crashes Iowa law enforcement is encouraged to concentrate their efforts in school zones before and after school and before and after sporting activities in an attempt to reduce the number of teen fatalities and injuries in Iowa.

The activity will also bring awareness to parents of Iowa youth and the general public of the risks involved in young people driving to and from school.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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