Iowa State Patrol Troopers from District 13 in Mt. Pleasant are participating in the click it or ticket statewide campaign through this memorial day weekend until June 6th. The effort on the part of the Iowa Traffic Fatality Reduction Task Force and will be focused on impaired driving and seatbelt violations. Extra Troopers will be used throughout District 13 working on reducing Iowa’s traffic fatalities to below 300. Iowa has totaled more than 300 traffic deaths every year since 1925.
For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. In 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities in the United States. In Iowa, more than 95% of front-seat passengers buckled up, but there were still 338 deaths in 2020, 99 while unbuckled and in the front seat.
Last Memorial Day weekend there were five traffic fatalities in Iowa. So far there have been 95 traffic fatalities in the state this year, 14 more than this date last year.