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Law enforcement urge safety during busy travel weekend

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JOHNSON COUNTY (KWWL) -

 The Wolff family is in for quite the road trip, traveling from New Jersey to California with a stop in Iowa.

"We usually do it in four-and a half, five days," Joey Wolff said.

Like the Wolff's, many Americans will be traveling long distances this Independence Day weekend.
 
AAA estimates more than 40 million Americans will be traveling at least 50 miles, a recipe that can create problems on the road.
 
"The more miles you spend on the road, the more chance there is to be involved in that crash," said Trooper Bob Conrad with the Iowa State Patrol.
 
The Iowa State Patrol will have extra cars on the interstates through Sunday in an effort to keep people safe..
 
"A lot of times people have the tendency to speed or do something maybe they shouldn't be doing, following too close," he said.  They see that trooper car, it reminds the, hey this is not my first responsibly. That helps."
 
Law enforcement say they'll be looking for the common culprits, speeders and drunk drivers.
 
Officials say they also are focusing on cracking down on the distracted driver, a growing problem.
 
"The messing with the electronic device, the telephone, the GPS, those distractions are going up," Conrad said.
 
As traffic begins to pick up, the Wolff's are already noticing the increased presence.
 
It's an effort to make this Fourth of July weekend, a safe one.
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