More patrols by law enforcement to keep you safe during 4th of July holiday

Alabama StateTroopers and local law enforcement agencies are stepping up patrols during thelong Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Sixty ninepolice and sheriff's departments are joining with the state troopers to targetdrunken drivers and other violators by conducting sobriety checkpoints andadditional patrols. Funding from the extra patrols comes from grants awarded bythe Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the stateDepartment of Transportation.

StatePublic Safety Director Hugh McCall says troopers will concentrate on drivingbehaviors that frequently cause accidents. They include speeding, making unsafelane changes, following too closely and failing to yield right of way.