- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City will try out a new Iowa traffic safety campaign before the program is rolled out through the rest of the state.

The goal of the program is to reduce the number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities in Iowa, the Sioux City Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1dCTxGr ) Saturday. The program is a partnership between the Sioux City Police Department, Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The results in Sioux City will determine where the program is implemented next, said Traffic Safety Bureau Chief Pat Hoye.

The campaign will focus on three areas: police enforcement, safety education and communication with roads engineers to determine potential changes to crosswalks or traffic lights.

Police Chief Doug Young said Sioux City was picked because of its high number of pedestrian-related traffic accidents - 132 from 2009 to 2013, including eight pedestrian deaths.

Sioux City officers will receive overtime pay to monitor high pedestrian areas and take action if necessary, which includes enforcing traffic laws, Young said.

A $4,000 state grant will be used to pay for the overtime, he said. Additional grant money from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau was allocated for training, education materials and other police equipment.


Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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