by Phil Prazan
Ames Police and the Story County Sheriff's Office paid close attention to the intersection of I-35 and Highway 30 Friday night. The crowds from college students ending their semester at ISU and those who went to the major rock festival "Lazerfest" will all criss cross that area Friday night.
A grant from the Governor's Office allows Ames P.D. and Story County deputies to do special traffic enforcement programs.
Friday they're looked for impaired drivers seat belt violations and speeding. The roads will be congested with hundreds of visitors flocking to Boone and Story County.
The more frequent traffic stops makes it easier to crack down on law breakers.
"It's an opportunity for criminal enforcement types of things that come out of a routine traffic stop. You know, drugs, OWIs, things like that. So it's just a good opportunity to put that skill set that they already have to test, to work and to see what they can come up with," says Lt. Jeff Brinkley from the Ames P.D.
Safety is the number one thing. Ames Police say it's a great idea to have a sober driver this weekend.
They reiterate that a sober driver is someone who hasn't had anything to drink at all.