Officers with the Marshalltown Police Department along with other officers across the state recently completed a week long traffic enforcement project over the St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend.
The project ran from March 14-17 and concentrated on seat belt violations and drunk driving along with all other traffic violations.
The following is a breakdown of the contacts (arrest, citation or warning) officers made during this event: OWI - two, seat belt - 12, child restraint - one, speed - seven, stop sign/light violation - four, no driver's license - five, DUS - two, no registration - six, open container - one, equipment - 16, no insurance - 11 and other traffic violations - two.
A seat belt survey was done with 92 percent usage before the project and 93 percent usage after. The Marshalltown Police Department was also part of a Multi-Agency Project on March 16.
Multiple officers were in and around town as a high visibility enforcement to deter and detect dangerous driving behavior. Officers made numerous stops and contacts both on the street and in businesses.
Several OWI and narcotic arrests resulted from this extra enforcement. This effort and more like it in the future is made possible with agencies working together and with the help of the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau.