State Troopers Ramp Up 4th of July Patrols

State Troopers Ramp Up 4th of July Patrols

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No matter your 4th of July plans.

"Head to the beach. Trying to get some bar-b-que before we get there," said Sam Mitchell.

Officials say on Independence Day, alcohol is more likely to be part of people's plans.

"It's a festive day. You have people going to picnics and bar-be-que's and often that involves alcohol," said Russ Radar with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

They say it's the number one factor in July 4th accidents, with about 134 people across the U.S. expected to lose their lives before the day's end.

We're halfway through the year and Alabama state troopers say they are investigating hundreds of deaths.

"This year so far, troopers have investigated 250 traffic fatalities. That is enough people to occupy 5 full size school buses and we don't want to see 251," said Sgt. Steven Jarrett.

So they are being as proactive as possible - by conducting safety checkpoints, looking for people who may be driving under the influence, speeding or not wearing seatbelts...

"We will also be looking for those aggressive drivers. That engage in such behavior as erratic lane changes, unsafe lane changes, following too closely," said Sgt. Jarrett.

Triple-A stresses the importance of planning ahead. For the past 3 years they've offered their Tow-for-Life service designated for News Year's Eve - and also on the 4th of July to help cut down on drunk driving. The insurance for highways safety says the overall number of automobile deaths have decreased over the years.

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