STEP Program

By: News Release
Sep 6th, 2019

The Manchester Police Department participated in the Governors Traffic Safety Bureau’s “STEP” Program which started Friday August 16, 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 Friday August 16, 2019 through Monday September 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 92% of drivers in Manchester were using their seat belts. During the enforcement program the Manchester Police Department issued 11 traffic citations, 64 traffic warnings, made 1 OWI arrest , and assisted 15 motorists.  A second survey was conducted after the enforcement program was completed. The survey indicated that 93.5% 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.