Alabama state troopers will patrol state roads and highways with a special focus on enforcing traffic laws during the 102-hour 4th of July Holiday period.
The Department of Public Safety predicts 19 traffic deaths on Alabama's roadways. Last year, troopers recorded no traffic fatalities on state roads during the Independence Day weekend.
Troopers will be on the lookout for motorists who violate seat belt and child restraint laws. Authorities also plan to crackdown on motorists who drink and drive -- sobriety checkpoints will be set up across the state. City and county law enforcement agencies will also participate.
The holiday period officially begins this evening at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight Sunday.