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October 12, 2012

Ottumwa Police to take part in Operation Night Owl

Project will target impaired, speeding drivers late at night

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Police Department will join with law enforcement agencies statewide to participate in Operation Night Owl Oct. 19-20.

Data shows the effects of high visibility enforcement lasts longer in the minds of the motoring public and will affect driving behavior, according to the OPD.

Operation Night Owl will allow the OPD to concentrate traffic enforcement efforts during peak times of infractions. The main goal of the corridor enforcement project is to utilize law enforcement during the nighttime hours where three major contributors to these crashes are alcohol, high speeds and low seat belt usage.

During this special law enforcement project, officers will be targeting those violations that present the greatest risk of collisions which include, but are not limited to:

• Impaired driving (OWI)

• Safety belt and child safety seat violations

• Excessive speed

• Aggressive driving

In a study, “Five Year Cost of Traffic Crashes per Household by County 2007-11,” the cost per household in Wapello County is estimated at $7,822.14.

A similar project, the Eastern Heat project, was conducted Aug. 10-11.

When officers conducted the project, 202 people had been killed on Iowa’s roadways so far this year.

As of Monday, 282 people have been killed on Iowa’s roadways this year, according to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau. In 2011, a total of 360 fatalities were reported.

Operation Night Owl will be the seventh corridor enforcement project conducted by the GTSB this year. The first six projects focused on specific regions of the state, whereas Operation Night Owl will be conducted statewide.

This project is being funded through a grant from the GTSB. Additional projects will be conducted in the near future.

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