Following the high profile deaths of two Des Moines police officers and their passenger at the hands of a drunk driver last year, proposed legislation is poised to strengthen drunk driving consequences in the state.
Earlier this week, the fiance of one of the officers killed urged the Iowa House judicial subcommittee to support legislation requiring drivers arrested or convicted for drunk driving to participate in a twice daily sobriety check.
The proposed legislation would also require the installation of ignition interlock devices for convicted drunk drivers so that if they are impaired they cannot start their vehicles.
Many believe the measures are long over due given the rising number of traffic fatalities in the state. In 2016, 403 people were killed in traffic accidents in Iowa, the most since 2008. Public safety officials blame distracted and impaired driving as causes for the increase.
Unfortunately, with the traffic that I-35, I-80 and I-235 bring to our area along with other roadways in and around town, there are no shortages of car accidents in central Iowa. Many of these accidents are the direct result of negligence on the part of car and truck drivers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Iowa, it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The Des Moines, Iowa car accident lawyer team of Stoltze & Stoltze PLC can help. Contact our offices today for a free initial consultation of your case by email or call 515-244-1473 for immediate assistance including evenings and weekends.