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Law enforcement step up traffic enforcement

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Iowa law enforcement agencies are stepping up traffic enforcement.

Starting Thursday, more than 230 agencies will be out in force making sure everyone is obeying Iowa's traffic laws.  Officers are specifically looking for drunk drivers during and around St. Patrick's Day weekend.  The special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP) runs through March 17.

During the 2008 enforcement wave, officers identified more than 17,000 traffic violations.  That total included 457 drunk drivers, nearly two-thousand seat belt violations, and more than six-thousand speeders.

The Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau says traffic fatalities are the leading cause of death among persons 5 to 34 years of age and alcohol is the leading cause of fatal traffic crashes by an overwhelming margin.  Nationally, 12,996 people were killed in alcohol/impaired driving-related traffic crashes in 2007.  Thirty-two percent of all traffic deaths in the United States involved at aleast one drinking or otherwise impaired driver.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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