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Iowa increases patrols during Thanksgiving weekend

Drivers in Iowa understand that they could encounter various dangers on the roadway. During the winter months this does not only mean a chance for winter storms but it is also a time where various holidays fall. This means parties and family gatherings where alcohol might be consumed. Although it is a joyous time of year, it is also a time of year where drivers need to be careful. In addition to snow-covered roads, driver could be intoxicated and could cause a drunk driving accident.

Due to their concerns about drinking and driving this holiday season, a Special Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) was established in order to increase patrols across Iowa during the Thanksgiving holiday.

This program not only seeks to reduce and prevent drunk drivers on the road, but will also be on the look out for other violations such as speeding and not wearing a seatbelt. Last holiday the state saw a total of nine fatalities during the three-day holiday weekend. The extra patrol should help reduce these violations, but a drunk driving accident could still occur, so drivers should be extra cautious.

When a drunk driver injures a person they should understand that they have options and rights against the negligent driver. One option would be filing a personal injury claim. This could result in compensation being awarded. This could be used to cover the expenses associated with the accident such as medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and damages.

A drunk driving accident can be a difficult event to experience and recover from. It can be both physically and emotionally painful. In addition, it could result in numerous financial hardships. In these cases, those affected should seek to better understand their options and if filing for compensation is an appropriate step to take.

Source: KMA Land, "Iowa lawmen will participate in STEP program," Pat Powers, Nov. 21, 2013

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