The Grundy County Sheriff's Office will participate in a project with the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) which is promoting traffic safety in Grundy County.
Sheriff's deputies conducted a seat-belt survey this past week and a seat-belt usage rate of 97.5% was recorded for front seat occupants.
The weekend of August 25 thru September 7th will be the Iowa 'Special Traffic Enforcement Program' (sTEP). Grundy County officers will be looking specifically for seat belt and child restraint violations, along with excessive speed, stop sign violations and alcohol/drug usage.
Sheriff Rick Penning notes the seat-belt usage rate increased a couple percent since the past survey and that is a good safety statistic. He further comments that safety statistics also prove that seat belts keep occupants inside the vehicle during a crash and that reduces the chance of injury or death.
The Sheriff also stated the above period includes the Labor Day Holiday week-end, the last major summer holiday for this year, so he urges everyone to Drive with Care, Everywhere!
The sTEP (special Traffic Enforcement Programs) are funded by a grant from the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau.