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Troopers are all about business this holiday

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MOODY - AL -

Anyone who has left the house has probably seen them. Extra state troopers are on the roads looking for aggressive and unsafe drivers. In addition to last year's fatalities, they have even more reasons to stop drivers this Fourth of July.

Of course, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, and driving while under the influence will get drivers stopped. But troopers are also enforcing the new texting ban and watching for drivers who may be getting sleepy because of the heat.

Long before the Fourth of July celebrations end with fireworks, most people get a different kind of light show on the road.

"I've tried to slow down and obey the speed limit," said one driver.

"My kids are on the highway. I think everyone needs to slow down anyway," said another.

Drivers did slow down voluntarily or by force.

In moody, five state troopers lined up on the I-20 East on-ramp hidden and waiting.

"Our goal is not to write a lot of tickets. We do that all the time. This isn't a money making program for us," said Trooper Curtis Summerville, Alabama Department of Public Safety.

The state troopers say it's about keeping drivers safe, particularly teens.

"Teenagers represent 10 percent of the population but 14 percent of all fatal crashes. They're well over represented, so we want teens to be mindful of what they're doing," said Summerville.

But the message applies to adults as well.

Last year, nine people were killed on the holiday. Alcohol was a factor in most of the deaths and more than half weren't wearing seatbelts.  There were also 34 hundred speeding tickets issued and 148 people arrested for DUIs.

This year, troopers will be pulling over sleepy drivers and texters.

"Driving requires 100 percent of your attention, so pull over and let yourself text then," said Summerville.

There will be increased patrols on the roads through Sunday.

For roadside assistance or to report possible drunk drivers, dial *47.