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HOLIDAY TRAFFIC: Officers Stepping Up Enforcement

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AAA predicts that over 43 million people will travel fifty miles of more to their thanksgiving destinations.

It's an increase in holiday traffic for the fourth straight year.

“We plan on heading to Bella Vista, Arkansas. It's about a six hour trip from here," said Des Moines resident, Don Bradley.

That's why 350 law enforcement agencies statewide say they'll be keeping a closer eye on the roads from November 19th through November 25th.

City police departments, county sheriff's offices, and Iowa State Patrol officers are all participating in the special Traffic Enforcement Program.

Past efforts have resulted in thousands of seatbelt citations, speeding tickets, and drunk driving arrests.

Coordinator Randy Hunefeld says it's an effort to change bad driving habits and get people to their destinations safely.

"If we can get people to slow down, buckle up, and drive sober, and follow general traffic laws, the chances they'll reach their destination are better for them," said Hunefeld.

The next traffic enforcement initiative is St. Patrick's Day weekend of 2013, March 14th through the 17th.

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