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DES MOINES, Iowa — A brand new police force is on patrol tonight and fair goers will be first in line to benefit from their protection.  “We have police officers that are on reserve from other forces that make up the compliment of detail so really we just supplemented the state patrol with our sworn officers as well and they work in partnership to keep the safety of the grounds,” said Iowa State Fair CEO Gary Slater.

Instead of hiring security for the Iowa State Fair to work alongside Iowa State Patrol troopers and Des Moines police like in years past, the fair has launched their own Iowa State Fair Police Department.  Six sworn-in officers are patrolling the fairgrounds year round with the Iowa State Patrol taking the lead during the ten days of the fair.  Slater says the decision is just a proactive approach for fair lovers.  “There wasn’t any incident that brought the change.  I think it was just the fact of what is going on in the world today and how to make an event like the Iowa State Fair as safe as possible.  That seemed like the next step to do.”

The Iowa State Fair police will be able to make arrests just like Des Moines police and the Iowa State Patrol.  It will cut down on response times on the fairgrounds when the state fair is over and the other agencies are no longer around.

DES MOINES, Iowa — No matter where you drive you’ll find speeders, people who fail to signal, and the ever-annoying driver who cuts you off; but according to a new study you might see it more in Des Moines. The study, conducted by insurance company Insurify, lists Des Moines number eight on a list of cities with the worst drivers.

The study compared city population with the number of motorists with speeding tickets, DUIs, moving violations, and at-fault accidents. The data shows that you’re 88% more likely to get a speeding ticket than an average driver and 28% more likely to be in an at-fault accident.

Charlie Grooms is an out of towner driving from Seattle back home to Indiana. He says through his trip he’s noticed something about drivers in the metro.

“I think for the most part it’s patience, people don’t seem to have the patience to let things develop on the road, it’s just ‘I gotta get here and I’m gonna go there’” said Grooms.

So now the question is why does Iowa have one of the lowest auto insurance rates in the Country?

Insurance agent Mike Lane says it’s because of competition in the industry, and because Iowan’s are less likely to sue each other over accidents than in other states. Despite the poor ranking, some people feel like drivers in Des Moines aren’t all that bad.

“It’s nothing compared to Dallas, Texas. I was just there a couple of days ago and you really appreciate up in this part of the country once you leave out of Dallas. You’re sitting in traffic forever, you see all kinds of accidents, fender benders. I’d take Des Moines anytime over going out of this state” said Mary Kirkpatrick.

The three worst cities were Omaha, Nebraska, Dover, Delaware, and Greer, South Carolina.