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More traffic enforcement for holiday weekend travelers in Iowa

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Eastern Iowa's highways have been very busy already as the Memorial Day weekend kicks off.

The good news?

The weather is supposed to be pretty good for drivers.

The not-so-good news?

You might have a better chance of getting a speeding ticket this weekend.

There's a special traffic enforcement project on Iowa's highways this weekend.

That pays for more city police, sheriff's deputies and Iowa State Patrol troopers to patrol the roads looking for traffic violations.

AAA expects a record 36 million people around the country to travel with 9 out of 10 traveling by car. That's about 2% more than last Memorial Day weekend.

It's also the third straight year gas prices have been relatively low.

Troopers say the extra patrols will continue through Monday.

They're asking people to stay safe and drive responsibly but they will be on the lookout for traffic violations and dangerous drivers.

"Impaired drivers will be the main thing. Any traffic offenses, excessive speed, seat belts, basically anything, we're looking for," said Sgt. Brian Beenen of the Iowa State Patrol.

Sergeant Beenen says remember to slow down in construction zones.

Some areas like I-380 near San Marnan Drive in Waterloo will still have lane closures this weekend.

There will also be added enforcement this weekend on the waterways.

The Iowa DNR will be looking for drunk boaters and people not wearing their life jackets on area lakes and rivers

The skies will be busy as well.

Even with higher airfares, the airlines are expecting full planes all weekend.

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