Drive sober or get pulled over

Traffic enforcement continues through holiday weekend

The Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the end of summer with last-minute trips and family celebrations. More traffic leads to the likelihood of more crashes but that doesn’t mean there should be more impaired drivers.

The Labor Day weekend has become one of the deadliest times of the year for drunk-driving fatalities, according to Lt. Rick Bellile with the Marshalltown Police Department and Sgt. Ben Veren with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.

Both are reminding all drivers that even if they only plan to have one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home. It is NEVER OK to drink and drive.

Members of the public are also asked that if they see a drunk driver on the road to contact their local law enforcement agency.

Take the keys away and make arrangements to get friends home if they have been drinking and are planning to drive.

The MPD and the sheriff’s office, as well as other law enforcement agencies across the state, are stepping up enforcement now through Sept. 3 with an emphasis on impaired driving and seat belt use.