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Jul 2, 2013 7:38 PM by Chris Welty

State Police Increasing Presence

State Troopers are preparing for a "boom" of drivers on the roads for the Fourth of July weekend.

For many Americans, the Fourth of July holiday means a long weekend, that could involve some travel. According to AAA, nearly 41-million people are expected to hit the road this week. With the added traffic, State Police promise to keep a watchful eye.

State Troopers say they'll be cracking down on everything from drinking and driving to speeding.

Hundreds of troopers are on the road leading into the weekend. Trooper Stephen Hammons says people not wearing their seatbelt and impaired driving are the leading factors in fatal crashes. Last year, there were three fatal crashes in the state and troopers say all of them involved alcohol.

"Those things combined, we've seen over 76% of our fatal crashes involving lack of restraint and impairment," said Trooper Stephen Hammons of Troop I.

Troopers are focusing their efforts on areas with plenty of traffic and where fatal crashes have happened before and they're using a number of tools.

"From airplanes to utilizing our dash mount radar to even our "Lidar" which is a handheld system using a laser to pick out a specific car," said Hammons.

When it comes to speeding, Hammons says drivers should not expect any leeway. If you're going one mile per hour over the posted speed limit you could receive a ticket. Hammons says meeting a ticket "quota" is a myth.

"The other part to that is state police doesn't see a single dime from citations we issue. That money goes back into the judicial system."

While on the road if you see a reckless driver or if you're stuck in traffic, you can dial star L-S-P or star 5-7-7 on your cell phone to report incidents or get updates from state police.

Chris Welty
cwelty@katctv.com

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