Manchester Police participated in the Governors Traffic Safety Bureau’s “STEP” Program over the Memorial Day holiday in an effort to crack down on seatbelt use.
“STEP” is A Special Traffic Enforcement Program conducted across the State of Iowa.
Over the two week period, police were stationed at locations throughout Manchester watching for seatbelt use. Police conducted a survey before the program started and found that 92% of drivers in Manchester were using their seat belts.
During the enforcement program, Manchester Police issued eight traffic citations and over two hundred traffic warnings.
A second survey conducted after the enforcement program indicated that 94% of Manchester’s drivers were in compliance with the seat belt law.
Police say programs like this one prove to be very effective.