September 19, 2019
State Latest News | Larry Lord | Bangor Metro | 'Mount' Katahdin | Today's Paper

State police stepping up patrols over July Fourth weekend

AUGUSTA, Maine — With traffic expected to be very busy on Maine’s highways over the Independence Day weekend, state troopers will be stepping up traffic enforcement efforts.

Unmarked cruisers, airplanes and additional troopers are expected to be utilized in enforcing the laws along the state’s highways, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

The first two weeks of July traditionally see the highest volume of traffic because of tourists and vacationers. Troopers will be on the lookout for aggressive and impaired drivers.

The state’s seat belt and texting while driving laws also will be heavily enforced. July and August traditionally see the most deadly accidents on Maine roads.

Highway deaths are down 16 percent compared to this time in 2014, which marked the safest year on Maine roads since 1944. There have been 50 reported highway deaths so far in 2015, compared to 58 at this time in 2014.

State police are one of 68 statewide police departments utilizing $643,000 in federal highway safety funding to pay for additional patrols seeking drunk and impaired drivers. The money was distributed by the Bureau of Highway Safety.

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