Law enforcement agencies from across the state have partnered to step up enforcement on roads from August 17-September 3. This is being done to combat end-of-summer alcohol related deaths on the roadways, especially during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
During the holiday last year, 10 deaths were recorded just in the state of Iowa, four of them involving alcohol.
In 2016, there were 433 recorded fatalities nationwide with 36% being alcohol related, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s report.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau are trying to remind people that driving while intoxicated is not tolerated in the state of Iowa.
A driver involved in a crash that causes the death of another can be charged with vehicular homicide, which can bring with it nearly 10 years in prison.