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April 10, 2013

Operation 'Southern Exposure' set for this weekend

Operation ‘Southern Exposure’ set for this weekend

On Friday and Saturday, Iowa law enforcement agencies in the southern third of Iowa will combine resources to conduct a special enforcement project designed to reduce accident-related injuries and lower the fatality rate on Iowa’s roadways.

This project, Operation “Southern Exposure,” will allow law enforcement to focus on high-risk drivers and lower the fatality rate even further than last year.

The main goal of the corridor enforcement project is to utilize law enforcement during the night hours, where three major contributors to these crashes are alcohol, high speeds and the low seat belt usage. During this special enforcement project, officers will be targeting those violations that present the greatest risk of collisions, which include but are not limited to, impaired driving, safety belt and child safety seat violations, stop sign and stop light violations, excessive speed and aggressive driving.

This enforcement project is being funded through a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau. Additional projects will be conducted in the near future.

Batavia blood drive April 23

BATAVIA — The community of Batavia will host a blood drive from 3-7 p.m. April 23 at the Batavia Senior Citizen Community Center, 1006 Third St.

To schedule an appointment, call 800-452-1097.

Donors who gave blood on or before Feb. 26 are eligible.

Donors must be at least 16 years old, be in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. A blood donor card or other photo identification is required to donate. Sixteen-year-old donors must present a signed parental consent form each time they donate until reaching 17 years of age. Consent forms are available from blood center offices.

Controlled high blood pressure and diabetics are acceptable.

Sheriff’s presentation

OTTUMWA — The public is invited to join Iowans for a Free Tomorrow’s sheriff’s presentation at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Country Kitchen restaurant in Ottumwa.

Area sheriffs, including Davis County Sheriff Dave Davis, Mahaska County Sheriff Paul Degeest and Wapello County Sheriff Mark Miller, will be part of the discussion.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

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