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Law enforcement increase during holiday

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Kayla Birmingham is just itching to get home to her family for the holidays.

"I'm excited to be home."

You see, Birmingham wasn't able to be with her family last Thanksgiving.

"We did some celebrating of Thanksgiving in Afghanistan. It was not as good as I'll be having this year," said Birmingham.

She returned from Afghanistan nearly four months ago and Birmingham along with millions of Americans will be taking to the roads starting this week to see family and friends.

AAA says 42.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more over the week. With the increase of traffic that means the increase in law enforcement.

Trooper Mark Sigwarth with the Iowa State Patrol said they will be looking for a number of things when out such as speeding, seatbelt violations, and cell phone violators.

"You don't want to do it to begin with, but on a holiday weekend with all this traffic the last thing you want to be doing is making a phone call while driving or texting. You need to put 100% of your efforts to driving," said Trooper Sigwarth.

Authorities are also looking for impaired drivers, either alcohol or drugs. They say they just want everyone to be safe out there so remember to be responsible.

A little relief for the cost at the pump this week. Average gas prices are down eight cents in the past week. But Sunday prices were still 47.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago.

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