Police Presence Stepped Up During Holiday 

WABI – With 16 more Mainers killed in highway crashes this year than last, state police tell TV-5 they’ll be beefing up patrols over this long holiday weekend.

Chief of the State Police, Colonel Craig Poulin says it’s all an effort to end the year on a safe note, but will it be enough to keep you safe

Additional patrols have been assigned as state police schedule enhanced enforcement this holiday weekend. Colonel Poulin says the picked up patrols will center around New Year’s Eve and will continue through New Year’s Day.

The patrols are directed toward O.U.I. enforcement, aggressive driving, and operating after suspension. And since most of the time major drinking goes along with major holidays and partying, Poulin says responsible decisions need to start before even going out.

Police say recent crashes that have killed seven Mainers have been connected to drivers who are operating without licenses. That’s why they’re asking for the public’s help in reporting suspended drivers.

Despite the increase in fatal crashes this year, police say they’re not worried about an upward trend. The numbers are still down over the past decade.

In fact, last year was the safest year on Maine roads in more than two decades