LEXINGTON, N.C. -- A sharp increase in fatal wrecks has convinced the highway patrol to beef up patrols in Davidson County.

Troopers say 18 people died on county highways in the first five months of this year, that's a 64 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

In response, the highway patrol will add eight temporary troopers and a supervisor in the county beginning Monday.

Officials say the month-long boost is meant to be a wakeup call for speeders, aggressive drivers and those who choose to drive after drinking alcohol.