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Iowa State Patrol busy on Sunday of July 4th holiday weekend


Trooper Nathan Miller took to the highways in Black Hawk County this 4th of July Holiday weekend knowing he was going to be busy.

"I patrolled mostly Highway 20 and I did see an increase of vehicles on the road. People traveling a few miles or traveling across the entire state," said Miller.

Miller said overall the holiday weekend in his district in Northeast Iowa was safe. He said most tickets he wrote were for speeding.

"A lot of them that I made contact with today had families in the vehicle so you're not only sharing the road with someone else, but could be sharing the road with entire families," said Miller.

But even though Sunday was the last day for the holiday weekend, Miller's job wasn't less busy.

Miller said he wrote a number of speeding tickets Sunday, thanks to a state trooper clocking drivers from a helicopter.

"Usually the Sunday is the travel day to get back home to where ever you came from so there is an increased amount. Friday and Saturday and Thursday they kind of can trickle into their own pace to where ever they're going but it does seem like Sunday is the time when everyone is headed back home," said Miller.

AAA projects nearly 41 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more this holiday weekend. That's slightly lower than last year number.

They credit it to July 4th landing on a Thursday, making it a shorter break.

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