State Police to Target Speeders over Labor Day Weekend

AUGUST 29, 2006 - Posted at 7:37 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas State Police says it plans to aggresively enforce traffic laws over the Labor Day weekend, a holiday that's often turned tragic on the state's highways.

Last year, four people were killed in car crashes on Arkansas highways over the Labor Day weekend.  That's a drop from 14 fatalities during the 2000 Labor Day holiday.

State troopers are expected to be on duty in every county.  At any one point, as many as 100 troopers could be patrolling the state's highways.  Major Ed Wolfe, commander of the Arkansas State Police Highway Patrol Division, says authorities also will use helicopter or fixed wing aircraft to monitor speeders.

Although the number of fatalities over Labor Day has dropped, the number of arrests and citations has risen.

Last year, troopers arrested 84 drivers for driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence.  More than 1,100 drivers were cited for speeding.

Colonel Steve Dozier says sobriety checkpoints will be set up around the state.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)