Highway safety campaign for I-80 kicks off

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police in 11 states — including Iowa — are beefing up patrols along Interstate 80 for the next eight days.

The campaign kicked off in the Iowa Capitol Wednesday. The goal is to eliminate fatalities along the I-80 highway, which runs from New Jersey to California.

Patrick Hoye, the bureau chief of the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, says that in Iowa the number of state troopers along I-80 will increase from about eight to 20. He says there will be additional state and local personal on the road.

Gov. Terry Branstad has been under fire for an incident in which a state trooper driving him and the lieutenant governor was clocked speeding at 84 mph. Branstad says he has instructed the troopers to follow the law in future.

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