STEP Program

By: News Release
Jun 5th, 2019

The Manchester Police Department participated in the Governors Traffic Safety Bureau’s “STEP” Program which started Monday May 20, 2019. ‘STEP” is A Special Traffic Enforcement Program conducted across the State of Iowa. The focus is on compliance and use of seat belts as it has been shown that the use of seat belts saves lives and reduces injury. The special enforcement effort took place in Manchester from Monday May 20, 2019 through Sunday June 2, 2019. Police were stationed at locations throughout Manchester observing seat belt usage. Police conducted a pre-enforcement survey prior to the enforcement program and found that 88% of drivers in Manchester were using their seat belts. During the enforcement program the Manchester Police Department issued 8 traffic citations, 80 traffic warnings, and investigated 2 individuals for possible OWI.  A second survey was conducted after the enforcement program was completed. The survey indicated that 88% of the drivers’ were in compliance with the seat belt law. The Manchester Police Department strives to keep the citizens and visitors of Manchester safe while traveling our city streets. Programs like this one prove to be very effective.