Alabama state troopers are teaming up with local police agencies this New Year's weekend to target motorists who drink and drive.
The Department of Public Safety estimates that 16 people may die in traffic accidents in Alabama during the 78-hour holiday travel period that begins at 6 p-m tonight and runs through midnight Monday, January second.
Last year, according to troopers, 22 people lost their lives in traffic crashes during the New Year's travel period.
At least ten of the deaths involved alcohol and eight of the crash victims were not using safety belts.
At a news conference today in Montgomery, state troopers will unveil a mobile breath analysis machine that will allow them to test motorists suspected of DUI.