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Iowa State Patrol out in force for holiday weekend

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) - The American  Automobile Association reports that more than 34 million Americans traveled over 50 miles this Labor Day holiday weekend, with Sunday the most popular day to travel back home.

Iowa State Patrol Trooper David Goreham knows that people want to get home quickly, but he says that doesn't mean you should break the law.

"There is always those few that are pushing it or a little bit behind and that's who we were looking for today," said Goreham.

And that's exactly what he found Monday.  Trooper Goreham was sitting on highway 20 in Black Hawk County, and within 10 minutes he clocked a driver going 76 in a 65 MPH zone.

Goreham says during the holiday weekend, the Iowa State Patrol uses its airplane and a laser to catch speeders, distracted drivers, and drunk drivers.

He says even though it's a holiday weekend, their goal is the same.

"The goal is the same goal we have everyday. Save lives, keep the highway safe, reduce the chances of an accident occurring and address any issues that we come across," said Goreham.

According to AAA, Labor Day travel this year is supposed to reach a new post-recession high. This year is expected to see a 4.2% increase from last year.

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