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Report: ISP Pulling Over More Out-Of-State Drivers

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- It's not Sin City

It's cold right now - back in Vegas it was like 70, said traveler Munere Haddad.

But Haddad says he can always bet on Iowa.

I've been through a couple times already I love looking at the fields and all the growing and vegetables.

Making his way from Vegas back to Connecticut on I-80, he has a higher chance of getting a ticket as an out-of-towner, according to a recent report. Drivers from other states are getting pulled over more often in Iowa than those who live here, according to a Des Moines Register review.

Between 2008 and 2012, they found 86 percent of traffic warnings and tickets from Iowa state troopers went to out-of-state drivers.

Our number one concern is safety of the motoring public traveling through our state, said Sgt. Scott Bright, spokesman for Iowa State Patrol.

Bright says despite what drivers and some lawyers are saying, they aren't targeting out-of towners. However, they are seeing more criminal activity from certain states - from drugs to human trafficking.

The public needs to realize that interstate 80 runs from the east coast to the west coast, Bright said.

Between traffic stops and highway cameras, some are wondering if going through the state of Iowa is still worth the trip for out-of-state drivers.

We have laws, just like they have laws as well, says Sgt. Cristy Hamblin with the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

Hamblin is in charge of all the letters that come in from out-of-towners disputing their tickets from the controversial I-380 cameras. As frustrated as these drivers get, she feels traffic stops and cameras won't keep them away.

As long as you obey our laws, you are more than welcome to come and stay, Hamblin said.

Haddad, in the midst of his 2,000 mile journey home, feels the same.

If you're not doing anything wrong, you're not gonna get pulled over. Just stay within the limits.
 
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