Maine state police beef up weekend patrols

Posted July 02, 2011, at 9:05 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine State Police are out in force this weekend as tourists and locals hit the road on the holiday weekend.

Col. Robert Williams, state police chief, says troopers are looking for impaired and aggressive drivers, and occupants not wearing seat belts, with special enforcement efforts through federal funding.

Overall, traffic on the Maine Turnpike is expected to be down from a year ago.

The Maine Center for Business & Economic Research at the University of Southern Maine says turnpike traffic is projected to decline 5.4 percent at the York toll plaza. That means about 19,000 fewer vehicles will enter and leave Maine via I-95 from Friday through Monday.