Police stepping up patrols during Memorial Day weekend

Posted May 24, 2012, at 10:31 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Memorial Day weekend is typically a busy one on Maine’s highways and police around the state will be beefing up patrols during the holiday weekend.

State troopers will field extra patrols on Maine highways throughout the weekend, according to Public Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland.

“Memorial Day weekend sets the tone for the summer driving season and state police aim to make it a safe one,” State police Col. Robert Williams said in a statement released by McCausland.

In addition to have additional patrols on the ground, the state police will also monitor traffic in the sky using the agency’s aircraft, according to McCausland.

Authorities will be on the lookout for drunk and aggressive drivers, seat belt violations and distracted drivers in addition to speeders.

As of Thursday, 47 people have been killed on Maine’s highways in 2012, compared with 33 at this point in 2011. Two people lost their lives on Maine roadways last year during Memorial Day weekend, according to McCausland.

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