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State patrol increasing enforcement from the ground and air

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The Iowa State Patrol is cracking down this holiday weekend.

It's one of the busiest and deadliest on the roads so law enforcement is taking extra precautions to keep you safe, on the roads and in the sky. 

The Iowa State Patrol has about five locations across the state where they fly from.

Throughout the weekend they will be in the air looking for offenders.

How it works is the trooper in the sky uses a stop watch to determine is someone is speeding. They then radio down to the patrolmen who are on the ground. 

The airplane enforcement gives them an opportunity to work areas that may be harder for cars to get to. 

"The airplane is flying around up top, nobody knows they're there. So we get a lot of high speeds and it's relatively easy for him to communicate with me down on the ground to make sure we got the right violator," said Trooper Macabe Schmidt. 

Just in Cedar Falls there are two pilots. The Iowa State Patrol has ten pilots across the state.

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