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Lee County Sheriff's Office beefing up enforcement for special project


It's not uncommon to see more police on the roads on holiday weekends, but more of them will be on the highways in southeast Iowa this weekend.

It's part of a special crackdown on speeding, drunk driving and seat belt violations.

Lee County is one of 31 counties in Iowa participating in the state project called "Southern Exposure" this weekend that will amp up deputies to target unsafe driving on Highway 2 and other roads in Iowa.

And some drivers say if people know more deputies are out there they will drive more safely.

"Usually when you see someone get pulled over you make a mental note of that and I think that it's just a good idea. You know people forget," said Jennifer Heine.

"I think especially when people know there are extra patrols they're less likely to push the speed up," said Susan Conklin. 

And that's exactly what Lee County Chief Deputy Scott Bonar hopes the Sheriff's Office will accomplish with extra patrols on the roads this weekend. Bonar says they are also targeting impaired driving, seat belt violations and aggressive driving in hopes of getting the number of fatalities down in the state.

"We try to reduce it each year as much as we can and we've actually been on a downward slide where we've had less and less fatalities" said Bonar.  

Bonar says the proof that the beefed up enforcement is successful is in the numbers.

"We had two fatalities last year. That's all we had and neither one of them are alcohol related. When I started in 1989 we had 18 to 20 fatalities a year," said Bonar.

And some drivers agree programs like this are a good reminder to drivers to be safe on the roads.

"If you know they're out there you know your chances of getting a speeding ticket are greater so you're going to stay under the limit," said Conklin.

"I think that just their presence out there is usually a good idea," said Heine.

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