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Officers gear up for extra enforcement during busy travel week

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Over the next week, it's estimated more than 43 million Americans will hit the road and travel more than 50-miles from home.

In the past two years, the Iowa Department of Public Safety reports indicate more than a dozen people have died in car crashes in Iowa over the Thanksgiving holiday. Of those killed, about half of them were not wearing their seatbelts.

Drivers can expect to see extra law enforcement throughout the week thanks to a federal grant.

"Our main job is to make sure people live when they're driving down the highways of this state," said Senior Trooper for the Iowa State Patrol John Baber.

Baber said the Iowa State Patrol will have three or four extra officers during each shift in Districts 9 and 10 which spans across 14 counties in Northeast Iowa.

He said their goal is to see zero fatalities in the state over the holidays.

"Take your time and be patient with each other," he said. "Sometimes we're seeing some more road rage this time of the year and people's patience gets shorter...so all it boils down to is taking your time."

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