While the Fourth of July isn’t until tomorrow, the Iowa State Patrol started its holiday work Monday. The Patrol is participating in the national Combined Accident Reduction Effort or CARE. Federal funds from the program pay the cost of having 80 extra troopers on Iowa roadways. With the holiday on a Wednesday, Trooper spokesman Sergeant Robert Hansen says the effort began Monday and will run through the fourth.Hansen says troopers will look for those who’re breaking the law, but due to a loophole in Iowa law, that won’t include those with fireworks.Iowa law makes it illegal to use most fireworks, but possessing them is not always against the law. He says if troopers do see illegal fireworks, they will make an arrest.Hansen says Independence Day is not as deadly on the roadways as some holidays, though three people died in accidents during the last Fourth of July weekend.
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