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For immediate release: Sergeant Nathan Ludwig

Public Information Officer
Iowa State Patrol

July 2, 2014 nludwig@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 745-2863 - cell
(515) 725-6093 - office

Iowa State Patrol Advises on Fourth of July Travel and Flooding

Des Moines, IOWA – The Iowa State Patrol will be stepping up efforts and increasing the number of troopers on roadways this Fourth of July holiday weekend as thousands of Iowans are expected to travel.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is typically one of the most heavily traveled times of the year and officials with the Iowa State Patrol want to remind motorists to obey all traffic laws. Officers will be looking for seat belt violations, speeding violations, impaired and distracted drivers.

“It is very important that all drivers make safety their number one priority as they travel this weekend,” stated Colonel Garrison of the Iowa State Patrol. “Simply buckling up and obeying the posted speed limits could ultimately help reduce any crashes and especially any fatalities.”

In 2013, 6 fatalities were reported on Iowa roadways over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Colonel Garrison of the Iowa State Patrol will be available to talk to the media upon request Wednesday afternoon (2nd) and Thursday afternoon (3rd) about the State Patrol’s efforts with Fourth of July traffic safety, flood safety, and the new Zero Fatalities initiative.

The Iowa State Patrol wishes you and your family a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July.

To request an interview with Colonel Garrison, please call (515) 725-6100.


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