Labor Day Weekend Traffic Safety Campaign

August 17, 2021 3:52pm

Drive Sober

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, and many people celebrate with barbecues and road trips. The Labor Day holiday weekend is also one of the deadliest times of the year in terms of drunk-driving fatalities. So to help keep people safe on the roadways and end drunk driving, the Sioux Center Police Department is joining law enforcement across the state in a concentrated enforcement campaign starting this Friday, August 20, running through Monday, September 6.


Extra law enforcement will be out, both locally and nationally, in support of the 2021 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.


During the 2019 Labor Day holiday period, there were 451 traffic fatalities nationwide. Forty-five percent of those fatalities involved drivers who had been drinking and more than one-third (38%) of the fatalities involved drivers who were over the legal limit. In Iowa in 2019, there were six fatalities over the three-day Labor Day weekend. Three of these fatalities involved a drunk driver.


Impaired driving is a deadly and preventable crime, said Sioux Center Police Chief Mike Halma.  He says, “It is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you plan to have only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or use a ride service to get home safely.”


If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement. If a friend is about to drink and drive, take the keys away and make arrangements to get the friend home safely.


The Sioux Center Police join the Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau in reminding everyone: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.