Iowa law enforcement officers are launching a special traffic enforcement program as we approach the holiday weekend. State Trooper Paul Gardner is a public resource officer based in Fort Dodge and says this Independence Day is expected to break travel records, so the roads will be very busy.
These weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day are often considered the most dangerous of the year on highways in Iowa and nationwide.
Those who are imbibing to celebrate the holiday need to remember not to get behind the wheel, but to instead call a cab, a friend or an Uber.
The Iowa DOT says seven people were killed in motor vehicle crashes statewide over the Fourth of July holiday last year.