AUGUSTA (AP) — The chief of Maine’s state police says troopers will be on the lookout this Thanksgiving for texting drivers and those not wearing seat belts.

The message from Col. Robert Williams follows a rash of fatal crashes this month.

Williams says the four-day Thanksgiving weekend has traditionally been a deadly one on Maine roads, with at least four deaths in each of the past four holiday weekends.

He said additional troopers will patrol and pilots will use the state police plane to look for aggressive, impaired and texting drivers. In six of the past ten highway deaths, crash victims were not wearing seat belts and died after being thrown from vehicles.

The chief also cautioned drivers to be ready for ice and snow on the roadways as temperatures fall.


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