The Storm Lake Police Department will join with law enforcement agencies in northern Iowa, including those in the counties sharing highways IA 9, US 18 and IA 3 in a special traffic safety and enforcement project, known as Operation Northern Lights 2006.
Representatives of 33 state, city and county law enforcement agencies attended planning meetings and committed some 185 officers and other resources for the effort. Additional discussions indicate that even more officers will work the roadways, within the 32 counties in this project area, re-enforcing traffic safety laws.
Enforcement will be ongoing and often done in multi-agency cooperative efforts. This enhanced patrolling and violator contact will target traffic law offenders in an attempt to make this fall driving period much safer.
Enforcement will target impaired driving, safety belt and child passenger restraint use, stop sign and stop light violations, excessive speed and driving without a license. The goals are to raise Iowa's safety belt use rate from the current 8 percent, reduce impaired driving and further prevent fatalities and injuries on Iowa's roadways.
The participating law enforcement agencies will utilize special equipment including laser sighting radar, aircraft and specially trained dogs to have a positive influence on the driving habits of thousands of motorists that drive in this portion of Iowa.
This effort is one among many planned. Safety belt use violations and impaired drivers will be primary concerns for law enforcement throughout Iowa as we enter the fall and winter holiday period.