Law Enforcement To Be Out In Full Force Over St. Paddy’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day

Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa public safety officials are issuing a warning about the upcoming holiday.

There are all kinds of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations planned around the state over the next several days and that can lead to a dangerous situation on roadways. Alex Murphy, with the Iowa Department of Public Safety, cites 2014 figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

That figure rose to 50-percent between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. Murphy warns that extra police and state troopers will be patrolling Iowa’s roadways between now and Saturday — watching for impaired drivers. There have already been 57 fatalities from traffic crashes in Iowa this year. That’s 19 more than the same period in 2015. Murphy says a lot of lives could be saved if more motorists buckled up.

Federal officials report pedestrians walking while intoxicated are also at risk of getting hit by a vehicle. In 2014, 35-percent of the pedestrians killed in crashes had a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, according to the NHTSA.

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Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki and a daughter Brynlee.