The State Highway Patrol is stepping up enforcement on one of the busiest travel holidays of the year.
Trooper Stephen Williams said additional patrols are being put on the roadways to crack down on dangerous driving behaviors that could lead to serious accidents.
"We’re concentrating on crash causing violations; speeding, following too close," said Williams. "Also, we know we’re looking for whether people are wearing their seatbelts, or not, making sure we reduce our crashes, and injuries involved in those crashes."
Patrols are also looking for those who are using cell phones behind the wheel.
The new texting and driving ban is now in effect and officers are now issuing warnings to drivers during the six month probationary period.
"We’ve been looking for distracted driving for a long time and that’s a major crash causing violation," added Williams. "A lot of times It’s hard to nail down, but cell phones have become a bigger part of it and now with this law, we’ll be taking a closer look at it, and and with the six month grace period, it gives us time to acclimate to it and also the public to acclimate to the law."
So far this Labor Day weekend, The State Highway Patrol reported a decrease in both accidents and OVI arrests.