The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as a recipient of the High Five Rural Traffic Safety Program.
The Sheriff’s Office was awarded $10,000 in overtime funding for this project from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau.
At the beginning of the project, the average seat belt usage was about 85% in Clayton County. As part of the project, the Sheriff’s Office focused on enforcement of rural roadways by providing high visibility enforcement with the Iowa State Patrol. The Sheriff’s Office focused on speeding and seat belt enforcement. Toward the end of the project, the average seat belt usage in Clayton County was 92%.
Sheriff Michael Tschirgi says Clayton County also saw a reduction in traffic crashes this past year, which can be contributed to their efforts of enforcement and education involving this project.