The state patrol’s out with its tally of highway incidents over the recent holiday weekend. Eighty extra troopers were on the roads, as part of the patrol’s “Operation Care.” They handed out a total of 44-hundred speeding tickets and warnings. Officers ticketed nearly 13-hundred people for not buckling in themselves or their kids properly, but that figure was down from last year’s Memorial Day holiday weekend. The troopers report drunk driving arrests were down slightly from last year, too, 31 compared to 39 in 2000. But other violations, including open-bottle and minors in possession, were up, as were narcotics violations. Alcohol-related crashes were up, though only from six last year to seven this year. And there were just three fatal crashes on the long weekend, below the average of four.
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