Troopers target safety for July 4th

Troopers will be out in force during the Fourth of July, enforcing all traffic laws, assisting motorists, and serving as visible reminders to drive safely, obey speed limits, buckle up, and refrain from drinking and driving.

Troopers especially will target impaired drivers during the July 4th holiday period, said Col. J. Christopher Murphy, director of the Department of Public Safety. He said, in addition to routine patrols, troopers will conduct a variety of special enforcement details, including checkpoints, saturation and line patrols.

They also will conduct LIDAR speed enforcement details, operating the laser speed detection devices from stationary vantage points.

Troopers will concentrate patrols on designated C.A.R.E. highways - interstates and other popular beach and vacation routes.

Operation C.A.R.E., Combined Accident Reduction Effort, is a joint endeavor by state police nationwide to promote traffic safety during the holiday period through intensive enforcement and safety awareness activity.

Murphy urged motorists to join troopers in making safety a priority during the holiday period, and he asked them to buckle up on each and every trip. "It can't be said often enough: Safety belts save lives." He also reminded motorists they can become valuable partners in the safety effort by reporting drunken drivers and other highway emergencies to state troopers by dialing *HP (*47) on their cell phones.