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St. Patrick's Day Traffic Safety Message

March 5, 2021

WASHINGTON – This month, the nation will observe St. Patrick's Day, an international holiday that is commonly associated with drinking at bars and pubs. To ensure public safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding everyone that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

“Please don’t allow the deadly consequences of alcohol-impaired and drug-impaired driving to ruin the St. Patrick’s Day festivities; make a plan to get home safely,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King.  

According to NHTSA fatal-crash data, in 2016, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Paddy’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18).  

NHTSA encourages everyone to take the following safety precautions:

Designate a sober driver or have an alternate transportation plan before the party begins.
If you don't have a designated driver, you can use NHTSA’s SaferRide app to call a taxi or a friend. The app is available for Android devices on Google Play, and Apple devices on the iTunes store.  Never let a friend drive drunk. Arrange a safe way for them to get home.  Don't ride in a vehicle with an intoxicated driver.  Always buckle up. It's your best defense against drunk drivers.
If you’re hosting a party:

Make sure all your guests designate their sober drivers in advance.

Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party.

Stop serving alcohol a few hours before the end of the party and keep serving non-alcohol drinks and food.

Take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving after drinking and get them a ride home.

Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served alcohol to ends up in a drunk-driving crash.

NHTSA will be hosting a Twitter party on Wednesday, March 14th at 3 p.m. ET to highlight the dangers of drunk driving. You can join the discussion by clicking here.

Stay connected with NHTSA: Search for open recalls at NHTSA.gov | Receive recall alerts by e-mail | Visit us on Facebook.com/NHTSA | Follow us on Twitter.com/NHTSAgov

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Traffic stop leads to a pursuit and fugitive apprehension.

October 20, 2021

Tuesday evening, October 19th, 2021, at approximately 7:40 P.M. a Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop while patrolling Highway 330 in the southwest portion of the county near the Harvester area that led to a vehicle pursuit.

Child Safety Seat Checkup Event

June 24, 2021

On Sunday, June 27 from 12:00PM to 4:00PM child passenger safety technicians with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and Marshalltown Police Department will be hosting a child seat safety checkup event at Fareway located at 102 W Anson St.  This event will be co-sponsored Fareway and Child Abuse Prevention Services of Marshalltown.  Technicians will be available to check child safety seats to make sure they properly fit the vehicle and child as well as ensuring correct and safe installation. They will also be checking seats to make sure they are not expired or recalled.   Techs will work with parents or caregivers to educate them on correct installation as well as offer tips to aid with proper installation.  They will also be able to answer general questions about child passenger safety.  This is a good opportunity to learn about different seat options and transitioning to different seats as your child grows and develops.  Informational handouts will be available for caregivers. 

Marshall County Sheriff’s Office to conduct special enforcement June 9 -12

June 8, 2021

Marshall County, Iowa – June 8th, 2021 – Father’s Day should be a time to celebrate, but it can also be one of the deadliest on the roads. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office is joining Iowa’s statewide Traffic Fatality Reduction Task Force in an effort to reduce deaths on Iowa roadways. As part of that effort Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, will be conducting a special enforcement initiative geared toward reduction of impaired drivers leading into Father’s Day week.
This webpage was printed on October 20, 2021. For the most current information, visit the Marshall County, Iowa, Sheriff website at marshallcountysheriff.com.
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