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Troopers prepare for busy weekend

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

St. Patrick's Day might be Saturday, but many people are already celebrating.

That's why Iowa State troopers are reminding drivers to be careful.

As many Iowans hit the road this weekend, Iowa State troopers telling people to be cautious while celebrating St.Patrick's Day.

"We all know that St. Patrick's is one of America's favorite holidays. We also know it's a very dangerous holiday. Because of St. Patrick's and all the celebrations, there's usually an increase in fatality crashes," Trooper Dave Goreham said.

With St. Patrick's Day falling on a weekend this year, more Iowa State Troopers will be out on highways keeping an eye out for impaired drivers, people not using their seatbelts, and people on their phones.

"I would suggest that while people are sitting in the bar and drinking their green beer, they should have fun. It's a fun weekend, but also stop and think about the green in your pocket, and think about how it can magically disappear," Trooper Goreham said.

Trooper Goreham said their goal this weekend is to make it through without any deaths on Iowa roads.

"It's a horrible feeling. When you see the pain and suffering, it never gets easier. You always know that one person, it's affecting many people's lives, their families, their friends, if they're in high school their classmates. Not just one person is affected by a fatality crash," Trooper Goreham said.

Trooper Goreham said with better resources like Uber and Lyft these days, there's no reason to drink and drive.

"Drunk driving is preventable. It's not worth you life. It's not worth time in jail. It's not worth an injury. It's not worth someone else's life," Trooper Goreham said.

Trooper Goreham said he's not sure whether Iowa State troopers will be doing checkpoints this year, but they have in the past.

So far, 55 people have died on Iowa roads this year.

That's two more fatalities than the same time last year.

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