Prairie City Police Department Bulletin

Celebrate the End of Summer by Saving Lives
August 23-September 5, 2016

PRAIRIE CITY, IOWA.  Summer is coming to an end, and before we know it, school will be starting and Labor Day will be here.  There will be last minute family vacations, shopping trips, and end-of-summer celebrations, which mean more people will be traveling on Iowa roadways.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) warns that some of those drivers may be driving impaired, and that puts anyone who is sharing the roadway with them at a higher risk of being involved in a crash. In an effort to remove these dangerous drivers, there will be a noticeable increase in traffic enforcement across Iowa from August 23 – September 5, 2016.

Almost one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States and Iowa involve drunk drivers.  That means an average of 10,000 people in the United States have died needlessly every year since 2010. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 28 people, nationwide, die every day in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 53 minutes.  During the 2014 (the last year statistics are available) Labor Day holiday weekend, 40 percent of the fatalities in traffic crashes involved drunk drivers, which was the highest percentage in over five years.

In contrast, the simple act of wearing a seat belt is the single most effective thing a driver or passenger can do to protect themselves in a crash.  A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report shows that seat belts save over 13,000 lives per year.  That is more than the population of most Iowa towns, and it only takes approximately four seconds to buckle up.

This Labor Day holiday and every day, buckle up and don’t drive drunk.  Working together, we can help keep people safe on our roads!

Prairie City Police Department announces new program

Chief Joe Bartello announced that the Prairie City Police Department is partnering with Monroe Police Department in a new program called PCM reCycle a biCycle.  The police departments are accepting donations for bicycles in good working condition.  It is their goal to recycle used bicycles to those in need around our communities.  Whether it is a child’s bicycle that has been outgrown or one that has been used and you were thinking about throwing away, they hope citizens consider donatiing to the new program.  Any bicycle that is donated will be evaluated to ensure it can be safely operated and will then be made available to a person in need, free of charge.  Please click here for full information.

Boil Order Lifted

The City of Prairie City has completed all required testing on our water supply and have received the all clear to lift the order to boil water that was put into effect on Sunday.

Thank you for your patience!

Due to the temporary loss of water, Prairie City residents are under a boil order until further notice.

City Update: The City this morning collected the first of two (2) testing samples required by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The testing samples require 24 hours to process at a State certified lab. If the first test comes back clear, the City would be allowed to lift the BOIL ORDER. However, a second testing sample is still required by the DNR. If the second test comes back clear the City is back ONLINE. But if the second test comes back NEGATIVE two (2) more testing samples would be required by the DNR under a second BOIL ORDER.

At this time the City will be waiting until the second testing sample comes back clear before lifting the BOIL ORDER. The City expects to have the results back on Wednesday (3/2/2016).