Local

Drunk Driving Campaign Underway

Photo: clipart.com

Drunk Driving Campaign Underway

A nationwide campaign to remove drunk drivers from the road is underway and will run through September 8. Randy Hunefeld with the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau says motorists in Iowa, compared to others around the country, do a good job of designating a sober driver or calling a cab when they’re out drinking alcohol.

The crackdown on drunk driving, dubbed “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In addition to the enforcement boost, the campaign is being supported by paid advertising. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest statistics, from 2011, show 9,878 people died across the nation in crashes involving drunk drivers. That equates to roughly one drunken driving fatality every 53 minutes. Over the Labor Day Holiday weekend in Iowa last year, there were no reported alcohol related fatalities; however there were four fatalities from traffic crashes.

Recent Headlines

in National

Evenflo recalls infant seats to fix sticky buckles

Fresh
evenflo

More than 200,000 rear-facing car seats are being recalled.

in Local

Wanted: Marina Operator

Boater

The current lease for the operation of the marina at the Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area is set to expire at the end of this year, and the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks is looking for someone interested in taking over.

in National, World

U.S.: Ground offensive against ISIS months away in Iraq

isis

Iraqi forces are months away from being able to start a sustained ground offensive against the Islamic State.

in Local

Transportation Bill Is Short Term Fix

Road Construction

Before adjourning earlier this month, Congress passed another short term transportation bill. That bill continues the bulk of funding for highway construction projects across the country, but only until next spring.

in National

Senator wants Internet companies to shun ‘fast lanes’

leahey

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy pressed Internet providers to not strike deals that may help some websites load faster than others.