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Increased traffic stops this holiday weekend

by Danielle Wagner

BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Department used a laser radar to track speeds. Once a speeder is caught, it gets passed to one of four law enforcement vehicles waiting.

"It's a black BMW."

Sergeant Mark Herbst let us ride along. Drivers pull over quickly when they see us.

"Can I see your license, registration and insurance?"

Mark DeFabis of Indianapolis was pulled over on his way to Minneapolis.

DeFabis said despite getting pulled over, he's glad there's extra law enforcement out.

"With all the travel on the holiday weekend, and I know having traveled this far, I've seen some cars that need to be more diligent. This is the first law enforcement we've seen since Indianapolis so I think it's good we get some increased enforcement," said Mark DeFabis.

Sergeant Herbst said in just a couple hours, the sheriff's department issued approximately 20 speeding tickets.

"Obviously it's a holiday weekend. The weather's nice, there's a lot of traffic out. People going places and doing things and our primary objective is so they get there safely," said Sgt. Mark Herbst.

He said if you are planning to hit the road this holiday weekend, wear your seat belt, don't drink and drive and, of course, slow down. You don't want to see flashing lights behind you.

The fine for speeding increased July 1. It varies by the speed zone you're in and how fast you're going.

The cost of speeding 10 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour or below zone is now $114 instead of $87.

Several other laws related to driving took effect. A seat belt violation goes from $93.75 to $127.50.

If you don't stop for a school bus, the fine is now $330. Up from $195.

You can no longer text while you drive and backseat passengers younger than 18 must wear a seat belt.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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