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Iowa law agencies will be stepping up traffic enforcement March 14 – 17

This news story was published on March 12, 2019.
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MASON CITY – Local Iowa law enforcement agencies will be stepping up traffic enforcement March 14 – 17 to combat drunk driving.

Americans have celebrated their Irish heritage on St. Patrick’s Day for decades, the Iowa Department of Public Safety said in a statement today. Sadly, too much green beer can lead to dangerous driving after the celebrating. Over the last few years there has been a dramatic spike in alcohol and drug impaired driving. Over the 2017 (the last year in which statistics are available) St. Patrick’s Day holiday there were 59 fatalities nationwide with 37 percent involving drunk drivers. The most dangerous time to be on the road was the early hours of March 18, when 75% of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.

To combat the increased impaired driving around the holiday local law agencies will be stepping up traffic enforcement March 14 – 17, 2019. Officers will especially be watching for drunk and drugged drivers and anyone not wearing seat belts.

“St. Patrick’s Day should be a fun holiday, but we expect everyone to take responsibility for their actions,” stated Patrick Hoye, Bureau Chief of the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau. “Whether you’re driving yourself or your friends, make sure you stay sober or plan for a safe ride home. It’s not just about you. There are others on the roads who want to get where they are going safely”.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau reminds you, driving while impaired is illegal!

If you feel a buzz, you are in no shape to drive.

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17 Responses to Iowa law agencies will be stepping up traffic enforcement March 14 – 17

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 14, 2019 at 8:04 am

    All you drunk drivers better stay home, it will be good for your pocket book, and someone’s life.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 13, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    People, log on to ACLU website to find out your rights. Law enforcement loves it when they run into someone uninformed. The police say that driving is a privilege, not a right. WRONG!!! You pass the written test, you pass the driving test, you meet the physical and mental requirements of driving, and you pay the fee. Meeting these requirements of the law entitles you to receive a drivers license with all of its ancillary benefits. Learn your rights. It’s your responsibility and your duty.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 13, 2019 at 2:51 am

    sad but true

    you must be one of the ones that was stopped without cause “who me” the next time you call about someone with a weapon breaking into your house I hope they are all busy un-necessary stops of cars and cant come, then you call the FD, after all they are the hero’s, they saved the basement!!!

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      Observer the Original Reply Report comment

      March 13, 2019 at 5:01 am

      If, your claim of stopping cars without cause is valid, you would have been in court challenging the practice. However, since I have not heard one case of unjust traffic stops, one has to assume that there is cause.

      If you were to observe what our Police actually do, and how they do it, you will find that such a scenario would be prioritized, and officers diverted from other calls.

      Take the blinders off.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 13, 2019 at 11:27 am

      Unlike you I do not believe the police are here to protect me, they aren’t. They said so on national tv many years ago. You missed that? Your personal safety is on you, not the police. The police can not stop an armed home invader in time to save your life. Armed home invaders get shot hopefully fatally, friend. The cops can be busy as they wanna be because they shouldn’t be doing much but taking your statement calling for a ride for the newly deceased piece of shit and recommending a cleaner that combats blood stains. Your plan for home invasion is to call the cops and then what? Get assaulted raped or killed waiting ten minutes for police to show up? You liberal people are God dumb retarded you know it?

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        Observer the Original Reply Report comment

        March 13, 2019 at 12:35 pm

        First and foremost, I was raised and educated a Catholic. We were taught from an early age, killing is wrong. I still believe that. If you want to kill people, have at it. However, killing is against the law for a reason, it has no place in a civilized society.

        Next sir, you can keep your vulgar, coarse language to yourself. It also, has no place in a civilized society.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          March 14, 2019 at 10:23 am

          Well, self defense is a birth right and its not wrong. You need to read your little bible a bit more thoroughly jackass. Your God allows for the use of deadly force to save your own life. Whoever taught you about religion was doing a very common thin among Jesus freaks and twisting the story to fit their own agenda. Your God is fine killing in self-defense. If you’re not that just makes you a willing victim and a total idiot. You may want to find a religion that doesn’t routinely and strategically move child molesters from parish to parish hoping to help them avoid criminal prosecution. Catholicism….. WOW. You’re an adult. It’s time to admit that no God ever existed. Grow up. You have a family? If so you’re responsibility in the hypothetical situation you described is anything and everything to protect those people, in your hypothetical it’s an armed person with the intent to cause harm, would you tell your wife and child hey, I can’t raise a hand in violence it’s God plan you’re raped and murdered. See us on the other side little Johnny! I think you’re coward and you hide behind your pompass little commandments and even ignore the word of your own God when it’s easier for your own cowardess. You sir are a moron as well a pussy.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 12, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    What about texting while driving ? Every other stop light I can look over an see people dicking with ther cell phone ! This should be easy money for the city.

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    March 12, 2019 at 11:04 am

    I hope that they catch all the drunk/impaired drivers, and put them away. Hopefully it will save an innocent victims life.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 12, 2019 at 10:51 am

    This is just mason city trying to ‘recoup some lost revenue after all its poor choices. This is a town that ran out of snow removal budget lol winter happens once a year retards. All this amounts to is they want to harrass anyone and everyone they can and write tickets for nothing. Take your money to any other town fir the holidays. do not support mason city financially if you can help it. Local business is just gonna have to suffer because the fun police work in mc. Clearly there aren’t real crime police otherwise we wouldn’t have meth heads everywhere and domestic abusers proud to be human shit D boys and Chicago losers all over our parks in the summertime. If we had real award enforcement maybe our corrupt city council would be in jail, I’m positive crimes have been committed in all this hotel nonsense etc.

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      Observer the Original Reply Report comment

      March 12, 2019 at 8:41 pm

      I suppose you are an expert on what our Police do day in, and day out? I suppose you can account for their activity? For the arrests they made? For the accident reports they took? Or that they checked on the welfare of others, and accompanied Medics on medical calls? Or they responded to fires in advance of the FD, and made sure that if there was a problem, people were evacuated?

      No, in reality, you probably have no clue what they do. You sit behind a keyboard making incoherent, almost indiscernible comments. In fact, if we had a Police Officer on every corner of the City, you still would not be happy.

      Now, as far as our Street Department crews, you could not be farther than the truth. While they might have gone over their budget, a budget set by City Council, and not the head of the department, the crews still continued to work.

      You would not know that some of their equipment broke down, and they had to resort to less efficient methods of snow removal. Those men worked long hours to try and get the streets clear. Mother nature was not cooperating as roads just about closed up right behind them.

      A lot of the public hampered their efforts, parking cars on both sides, or parking 3 feet from the side where a plow or grader could not get the street clean. Having residents push their snow into the streets from their sidewalks and driveways.

      But, I guess you cannot see much from the rock you live under.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 13, 2019 at 8:01 am

        While I agree with most of your comment (especially about the police) the reason people blow snow back into the street is the street departments issue. The street department is the one who deposited the snow on the corners after they were cleaned out and in people’s driveways after they were cleaned out. They go up and down the streets five or six times instead of doing the job right the first time. I know they are just doing what their supervisors tell them but it is very irritating to clean out the corners of very wet heavy snow and have it filled back in five minutes later. Then have that done five times.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 13, 2019 at 11:18 am

        You’re full of shit. They recently refused to go out and do any snow removal from a Thursday to a Sunday. The police? Us they do pull people over without cause. It happens everyday all across this country and in mason city, i think peoples point about the police is this, stop doing anything at all until you put all your focus on getting rid of meth and where’s their plan on protecting this community from heroin? If someone broke into someone’s home the cops should be able to take their time responding because the home invader should be shot dead. The street crews long hours and inability to do things right…. I don’t give a Damn about their little plight, make the roads safe or go work at McDonald’s overpaid losers. Don’t like that? Grow the hell up whiny little man. You’re always on here defending people the majority of folks just don’t like or find intolerable. That’s your problem I won’t make excuses for people to lazy or stupid to do their little plow job the right way. Half the drunken rednecks in this area plow snow for side income. Maybe the guys that plow hyvee should upscale and do the streets, oh wait I saw several personal trucks with plows cleaning up the roads in town throughout the winter because the city can’t be bothered to do shit correctly.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 13, 2019 at 11:43 am

        Actually jackass. If I had the time could account for most of their activity. It is PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE. I have the internet and access to several websites that record and provide arrest records as well as individual calls. I also live in this town and think it’s crazy that I can’t go to the tore without seeing a meth addict or five and that’s just in the cold weather. Some of you get so hostile and worked up about defending this town. I wonder if it’s because you’re the type that put down roots and is firmly planted and has to hope and lie to yourself and those around you that you’re not in a dying town that’s getting worse each and every year. I live in REALITY . Mason city is going down the shutter and quick. I can leave but I think I wanna stay long enough to see people like you finally have admit this town is a sinkhole without a bright future. If you don’t see it already I have serious doubts you have ever lived any where else or seen anything outside of north iowa.

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    sad but true Reply Report comment

    March 12, 2019 at 10:43 am

    What this means is they will be stopping many many vehicles without cause

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 14, 2019 at 8:17 am

      If you are on the roads after 10:00 PM the police will find a reason to pull you over and check you out. If they don’t have a legitimate reason to pull you over they will make one up. The one they are using now in the license plate is covered with snow. They let people drive with their window covered but pull you over for a covered license plate.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 12, 2019 at 10:28 am

    What they not doing it already thought that was their job