Friday OWI checkpoints to follow Tuesday’s texting crackdown

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The six-state "Drive High, Get an OWI" campaign will run April 19-20.

Officers of the Perry Police Department will be joined Friday night by the Dallas County Sheriff’s office, Woodward Police Department and the Iowa State Patrol in a joint effort to identify impaired drivers along the length of Iowa Highway 141 in Dallas County.

Flush with success from their Tuesday traffic-safety project against distracted drivers, officers of the Perry Police Department will participate Friday night in another traffic-safety exercise, this time on a countywide scale.

The Perry officers will be joined by the Dallas County Sheriff’s office, Woodward Police Department and the Iowa State Patrol in a joint effort to identify impaired drivers along the length of Iowa Highway 141. The project will encompass all of Iowa Highway 141 in Dallas County.

In Tuesday’s project, the Perry Police Department conducted a traffic-safety project aimed at distracted driving. Over the course of three hours, officers stopped 13 drivers for distracted driving and seal belt violations. A total of seven warning and 6 citations were issued.

“The Perry Police Department will continue to enforce the distracted driving law,” said Perry Police Department Sgt. Matt Aswegan, “and asks that drivers obey this important traffic safety law designed to reduce accidents.”

These traffic-safety projects are a part of Iowa’s Special Traffic Enforcement Program. The current wave runs from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3. Both projects are funded by grants from the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau.

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