They wear brown suits instead of the red and white, but state troopers will be checking to see if you’re naughty or nice on the roadways this weekend. The patrol cars with their festive red and blue lights will be out in force today (Friday) through Sunday, in what spokesman Jim Saunders says is another special traffic enforcement action. It’s a national program sponsored and funded by the federal government, and he says they’ll have 69 additional shifts of troopers on the roadways through the three-day period. Saunders says this is an early remainder to drivers before the heavy holiday travel time.He says there are some people who extend their holiday and start traveling this weekend, and this will remind people to travel safely. Saunders says other events are scheduled next week and through the New Year. The message is the same every holiday from troopers and other law enforcement, and Saunders thinks the constant reminder is working. He says alcohol fatalities for example are down 25 percent. He says they have a responsibility to remind motorist continuously tell motorists to be careful, wear their seatbelts and not drink and drive. Saunders says if they reach even a handful of motorists, then they’ve done their job. Saunders says the additional troopers will patrol the busiest highways in the state.
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