Des Moines, Iowa – Traffic fatalities in Iowa this year have increased nearly 23-percent over the same period last year and the roadways are about to get busier over the Memorial Day weekend.
So far this year, 136 people have been killed in traffic crashes on Iowa roads. Alex Murphy, with the Iowa Department of Public Safety, notes dozens of lives may’ve been saved if people had buckled up.
The 136 traffic fatalities to date compares to 108 at this time in 2015. Murphy says there’s no clear reason why traffic deaths are up this year.
Two young men from Ottumwa were killed this week when the pickup they were in rolled off a road. Neither were wearing seat belts. Murphy says national statistics show 61-percent of pickup truck fatalities were not buckled.
A Click It or Ticket enforcement effort is underway across the state through June 6. Motorists who are stopped and ticketed in Iowa for failure to buckle up can face a fine and court costs of close to $127. For more information regarding the click it or ticket campaign, click here.