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STANWOOD, Iowa - Warmer weather and a holiday weekend has Iowa law enforcement stepping up efforts to crackdown on reckless driving over the next few days.
Through Monday, the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau has teamed up with state, county and city law enforcement to increase officer presence on Iowa roads and look for drivers breaking the law.
"Speeding, distracted drivers, and of course intoxicated drivers during the festivities," said Dan Loussaert, a trooper with the Iowa State Patrol. "There are already motorcycles out. There are all kinds of fancy little cars. People are just kind of sick of being stuck inside."
State officials said they've had a lot of success with past crackdowns. During 2013's Saint Patrick's Day weekend Iowa agencies reported a total of about 17,000 traffic violations: 352 OWIs, 5,154 speeders and 2,393 seat belt violations.
The Traffic Safety Bureau said Iowa law enforcement will be upping patrols again May 19th – June 1st.