like many states, is getting ready for heavy highway travel over
the Fourth of July weekend. But it may have to handle the surge
in activity with a little less help from above.
The Des Moines Register reported that the state is cutting
two of the eight airplanes that the State Patrol uses to catch
speeders and other traffic violators. The reduction was primarily
caused by budget cuts in the state.
the Patrol will have a little more help on the ground to make
up for the loss. Officials at the agency announced June 30 that
82 State Troopers would be added from July 3 to 6 thanks to a
grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
will more than make up for the 54-trooper reduction the force
has suffered during the past two years.
the holiday last year, Iowa troopers handled four fatality accidents,
three of which were the result of drunken drivers. Fifty-four
people were arrested for driving under the influence during the
July Fourth holiday in 2002. Those figures may rise now that the
state has lowered its standard for what constitutes drunken driving
from 0.10 percent blood alcohol content to 0.08.