More Officers on Patrol During Holiday Week - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

More Officers on Patrol During Holiday Week

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By Alex Schuman

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College kids and other Iowans with the week off are already heading home to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends.

That means more cars on the highways and more police officers to pull them over.  Between Nov. 19th and the 25th, the Special Traffic Enforcement Program, or STEP, is asking more officers to put in some overtime to make sure you buckle up and slow down. 

"We just ask that drivers are patient," said Sgt. Nathan Fulk, Iowa state patrol, "And do give themselves time to get where they're going."

The stats show most Iowans wear their seatbelt, but our weakness - is a heavy foot.

"We think it's important that the motoring public understands that speed is the single most contributing factor in all traffic-related collisions in the state of Iowa," said Fulk.

He says you want to slow down, keep a safe distance from cars ahead of you and use common sense to avoid an accident.  That way you can save a life, or at least a little money by not getting a ticket. 

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