West Des Moines Police to Step Up Enforcement of Distracted Driving
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The West Des Moines Police Department is initiating a special traffic enforcement initiative to target distracted drivers. Between the Memorial Day holiday and the Labor Day holiday, officers will be strictly enforcing traffic violations that lead to distracted driving and subsequent motor vehicle crashes that commonly result in injury. Some of these violations include speeding, failure to obey traffic control devices, improper use of lanes, texting while driving and failure to utilize seat belts as required by Iowa law. According to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, drivers who use hand-held devices while driving are 4 times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves or others. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a recent study, over 3,331 people were killed and over 387,000 injured in motor vehicle accidents connected to distracted driving. That represents 10 percent of all fatal crashes and 17 percent of all accidents that caused injuries.