While the stepped up security at the nation’s airports is relatively new for the Thanksgiving holiday, the increased presence of the Iowa State Patrol on the roadways is a tradition. Iowa Department of Public Safety spokesman Jim Saunders says they’ll be out again starting with this afternoon in what’s called “CARE” or combined accident reduction effort.He says there will be 70 additional shifts of troopers on the roadways over the five-day period. He says they’ll focus on people using their seatbelts and try to help those who need it on the roadways. He says they’ll also be looking for drunk drivers and those who’re speeding. He says those are the things officers are always looking for as they try to reduce alcohol-related accidents. Saunders says you can help officers if you see someone driving erratically.He says you should report it immediately by calling 9-1-1. Saunders says if you’re looking for information before or during your travel, don’t forget to call 5-1-1. He says you can get information on road conditions by calling, or he says you can go to the D-O-T website for the info before you leave. Saunders says more than 43-hundred people were issued tickets for traffic violations during the last Thanksgiving holiday.
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