Law officers across the state are taking part in two special programs this holiday weekend. Iowa State Patrol spokesman Jim Saunders says one is the “Special Traffic Enforcement Program” or STEP, and the other is the “Combined Accident Reduction Effort”, or CARE. He says in CARE they focus on heavily traveled roadways throughout the state and focus on impaired drivers. The STEP effort is a coordination between state, county and local law officers to create a high visibility enforcement of traffic laws. Saunders says the goal is to keep people safe. Saunders says the Fourth of July is the second deadliest holiday on the roadways in Iowa behind New Year’s. Saunders asks drivers to help out. He says there’s a lot you can do to reduce your chances of getting in an accident, and reducing your risk of serious injury if an accident does happen. Saunders says always wear your seatbelt, put your kids in a child safety seat, don’t drink and drive, and follow traffic laws. One person died in a traffic accident in Iowa during the Fourth of July holiday last year.
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