Troopers Increasing Patrols for New Year's Holiday Weekend

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Alabama state troopers are warning drivers they're on the lookout for motorists who are impaired by alcohol or drugs this holiday weekend.

The Department of Public Safety estimates that 14 people may die in roadway accidents during the 78-hour New Year's travel period from 6 pm Friday night through midnight Monday, January First.

Last year, 10 people, six on rural roads and four in urban areas, died in traffic crashes over the holiday travel period.

Public Safety Director Colonel J- Christopher Murphy said the stepped up traffic enforcement will include check points and line patrols. He also said troopers also will target speeders and motorists who violate seatbelt and child restraint laws.

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