The Journal Express
---- — Iowa law enforcement, including the Knoxville Police Department and Marion County Sheriff’s Office, will be out in force again this Thanksgiving Holiday with increased visibility and aggressive traffic enforcement. The Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) is announcing extra city, county and state officers will be out in force ensuring traveler’s buckle up, slow down and drive responsibly in order to save lives and reduce crashes.
This high visibility traffic enforcement event will begin Nov. 25 and run through Dec. 1.
The top priority for law enforcement is to save lives. As of Nov. 8, Iowa has lost 263 drivers/occupants to traffic fatalities during 2013; 40 less than a year ago at this time. Almost 39 percent of these deaths were reported as not wearing their seat belts, while 26 percent are listed as unknown or could not be determined.