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"Vehicle Occupant Protection" Enforcement Project

September 4, 2014

Marshalltown, Iowa - On Wednesday evening, September 3rd, the Marshall County Sheriff's Office and Marshalltown Police Department conducted a "Vehicle Occupant Protection" enforcement project in Marshalltown as part of the Labor Day Special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP) wave. 

This special enforcement period runs from August 25th through September 7th. This wave focuses extra traffic enforcement to help reduce injuries and deaths on Iowa's roadways. August and September are the historically the deadliest two months of the year for traffic fatalities in Iowa. So far this year, 200 people have been killed on Iowa roadways. Of those, nearly half were not wearing seat belts.

This project focused on driver and passenger seatbelt use and also child restraint use. It has been proven that the single best way to improve your chances of surviving a crash is by wearing your seat belt and having children properly restrained in a child safety seat or seat belt. Simply taking 3 seconds to put on a seatbelt more than doubles the likelihood of surviving a crash. During this three hour project Deputies and Officers issued 20 citations and 63 warnings. There were 8 citations for seat belts and 19 warnings. There was 1 citation for Child Restraints and 13 warnings. There were also citations issued as follows: 2-Driving without License, 1-Driving under Suspension, 3-Operation without Registration, 1-Texting while Driving, 4-Proof of Insurance. One driver was arrested for a Felony warrant from Texas. Warnings were issued as follows: 1-Fail to Obey Stop Sign, 5-Operation without Registration, 2-Dark Windows, 10-Defective Equipment, 9-Proof of Insurance, and 4-other traffic violations.

About Marshall County Sheriff's Office
The Marshall County, Iowa Sheriff's Office is headed up by Sheriff Ted G. Kamatchus. Sheriff Kamatchus is committed to keeping communities and neighborhoods safe in Marshall County.

For additional information or a sample copy, contact:
Traffic Safety Officer Ben Veren 64-15
Marshall County Sheriff's Office
Fax 641-754-6325

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October 20, 2021

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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.
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