HOLIDAY TRAVEL: Two Killed, Over 6,600 Cited

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The Iowa State Patrol says two lives were lost during the Thanksgiving travel period.

A 37-year-old died in a crash north of Marshalltown on Friday and a 15-year-old was killed early Sunday south of Iowa City in Johnson County.

Authorities say that’s an improvement over last year when nine people were killed in the same four-day period.

“I think enforcement out there was little big higher this year, we had more officers out there,” Sgt. Scott Bright said. “I think people are listening – when you get in a car buckle up, watch your speed – so education is a big part of that also.”

From Monday through Sunday the 148 troopers on duty across the state issued 6,608 citations and warnings and helped with over 60 wrecks.

Nearly 2,000 citations were given for speeding and 114 for seat belt violations. Twenty-six drivers were arrested for OWI.