Iowa DOT News Release

Operation Safe Driver includes targeted enforcement beginning Monday, Oct. 17

Posted on: October 14, 2016

ANKENY, Iowa – Oct. 14, 2016 – The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Office of Motor Vehicle Enforcement will be participating the Operation Safe Driver week, an effort by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance to bring attention to motor carrier safety issues.

This one week enforcement and educational blitz concentrates MVE’s efforts on detecting unsafe driving behaviors by both commercial motor vehicle drivers and other vehicle drivers operating around CMVs in an effort to combat the number of deaths and injuries from crashes.

The Iowa DOT’s MVE officers will concentrate enforcement activities on behaviors including: following too close, lane change violations, speeding, seat belts, and cell phone use. This targeted enforcement will take place on the following interstates, U.S. and state highways:   

  • Monday, Oct. 17 -  Des Moines Metro I-80/35 corridor, along with I-35 including the Bevington work zone
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18 - Davenport area on I-80 , I-280,  and I-74,
  • Wednesday, 19 -  Cedar Rapids to Iowa City on I-380, U.S. 30,  U.S. 151, and Iowa 13
  • Thursday, Oct. 20 Council Bluffs area on I-80 and I-29
  • Friday, Oct. 21  Sioux City area on I-29 , U.S. 20, U.S. 75, and the Iowa 520 bypass                   

Operation Safe Driver holds activities across the United States, Canada, and Mexico to increase enforcement of traffic, seat belt, unsafe driving, speeding, and cellphone laws. The focus of the program is to improve driver compliance and increase the awareness to the public about safe operations around commercial motor vehicles. CVSA in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration along with law enforcement and the industry believe Operation Safe Driver is an effective tool in reducing crashes with and around Commercial Motor Vehicles.


Contact: David Lorenzen at 515-237-3219 or

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