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Iowa State Patrol offers tips for Labor Day safety

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The countdown to the holiday weekend begins as travelers will soon be leaving and coming to the Cedar Valley.

With Labor Day being the last summer holiday and some of the hottest weather this season, people are expected to vacation outdoors. The Iowa State Patrol anticipates crowded campgrounds and plenty of boats on the lakes. It says all the activity will bring more recreation vehicles on the roads.

"Those vehicles usually are going a little slower than you are so pay attention to them. Usually they are in the right lane if you're in a two-lane and going slower. So as the motoring public, you need to be aware they're going to be out there," Trooper Mark Sigwarth said.

Driving and boating while intoxicated is the most common offense the state patrol finds on holidays such as Labor Day. It also says it will be focusing on distracted driving, like texting or talking on the phone, to make sure people stay focused on the roads.

The Iowa State Patrol warns drivers to be aware of construction throughout the state when planning travel routes. Even though workers may not be in construction sites this weekend, road closures and detours could still be in place. It's recommended before traveling to check construction updates with the Iowa Department of Transportation at

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