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Waterloo Police in full force for holiday week

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The Waterloo Police Department is teaming up with the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau to conduct its "High Visibility" enforcement the week of July 1.

The department received a federal grant for all overtime resources and will also work alongside agencies across Black Hawk County.

With more drivers on the roads, Waterloo Police is especially concerned with seat belt violations and drunk driving. According to Waterloo Police, there were 27 incident reports last year during the week of July 1 to July 7. On July 4, 2012 alone, 19 violations were written along with six DWI incidents.

Some people traveling this holiday said they are most concerned about other drivers.

"If we are going to ride the motorcycle we have to drive for not only ourselves but everyone around us, because everyone is in a big hurry. You just have to be careful and slow down and watch everyone because there's a lot of people on the road," said Cedar Valley resident Emily Weselmann.

Since 1986, the seat belt law has been a primary law in Waterloo, allowing officers to pull drivers over solely for not wearing seat belts. The violation costs $127.50 and according to Waterloo Police, wearing a seat belt increases the chances of surviving a crash by 50 percent.

Waterloo Police also remind people this Independence Day that fireworks are illegal in the state of Iowa.

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