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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI-TV)Wear your seat belt and don't speed that's the advice from the Iowa State Patrol.
The State Patrol said Wednesday that it is increasing the number of troopers on roadways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Aircraft may also be used to catch speeders.
HEAVILY TRAVELED HOLIDAY:
AAA said more than 41 million Americans are expected to travel this holiday.
The State Patrol said the Fourth of July weekend is typically one of the most heavily traveled times of the year.
They are advising drivers to obey all traffic laws, wear their seat belts, don't speed and don't drive distracted.
"It is very important that all drivers make safety their number one priority as they travel this weekend," said 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, the State Patrol said six people died on Iowa roadways over the Fourth of July weekend.
MOVE OVER LAW:
The State Patrol is also reminding motorists about the "Move Over" law that requires drivers to give patrol cars extra room by moving over a lane when they are pulled to the shoulder on the interstate.
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Troopers used airplanes to help with an effort to remind drivers of the "Move Over" law on Wednesday.
"What we are seeing is when people see emergency vehicles on the side of the roadway, people are not moving over or slowing down," said State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Scott Bright.
Bright said if a driver can't pull into another lane away from the stopped patrol car, they must drop their speed below the speed limit.
Bright said the agency is lucky they haven't lost an officer due to a crash after man close calls over the past couple years.