Iowa State Troopers Target Busy Interstates

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By Katie Stinson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Drivers are more likely to be stopped by the Iowa State Patrol in one of five counties that are home to busy stretches of Interstate 80.

The Des Moines Register analyzed five years of reports to determine the Patrol's interdiction team writes the most tickets in Pottawattamie, Poweshiek, Cass, Iowa and Dallas counties.

The records show that more than 17,000 tickets or warnings were issued in those counties from 2008 to 2012. About 22,000 tickets and warnings were issued by the team in that time.

The busiest location for traffic stops in Iowa was near mile marker 5 on I-80 not far from the Nebraska border. The specially trained troopers issued 785 tickets and warnings there.

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