CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
email : email@example.com
Release: June 28, 1999
Public Safety to team up with Iowa City, Coralville
for enforcement effort
IOWA CITY, Iowa Officers from the University
of Iowa department of public safety will join local and state law enforcement
officers to conduct checkpoints throughout Iowa City, Coralville and on the
UI campus Monday and Tuesday, June 28 and 29. The checkpoints will be conducted
from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening.
The UI officers will be working with officers from
the Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa City and Coralville police departments
to observe drivers for possible violations such as driving while intoxicated,
use of seat belts and child restraints, open containers of alcohol, and having
a valid drivers license.
Checkpoints on the UI campus will be located near
Hancher Auditorium on Park Road and near Carver Hawkeye Arena on Hawkins Drive.
The checkpoint activity fulfills a requirement of
a grant of $8,800 that the department of public safety received earlier this
year from the Governors Traffic Safety Bureau. In addition to funding
overtime enforcement activities, the department of public safety has used
the grant funds for public information and educational activities, including
a brochure about OWI laws and how alcohol consumption affects drivers. The
grant also enabled public safety to purchase an in-car video system to enhance
officer safety and to be used as a training resource.