GARDINER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - With large volumes of traffic out on the highways and people rushing to get to their holiday destinations, Maine State Police are adding extra patrols to the state’s major roadways the next several days.
Thanksgiving will not be a holiday for trooper Adam Kelley this year. He’ll be out patrolling the Auburn to Augusta stretch of the Maine Turnpike looking for people who don’t buckle up, speeders and distracted drivers.
“We’re going to look for the most dangerous drivers that are out on the road. The people that are distracted by things that are going on inside the car, they may be impaired by drugs or alcohol, they may be driving aggressively”, he said while patrolling the turnpike in Gardiner.
We head into the Thanksgiving holiday after one of the deadliest two-week stretches on Maine roadways in recent memory.
“In the last two weeks its been very hectic to say the least. There have been 10 fatal, 6 people were killed who did not have their seat belts on, which is absolutely alarming”, said Col. Robert Williams, head of the Maine State Police.
Williams says many crashes are avoidable if people stay focused on driving, slow down and leave plenty of time to make it where you’re going. With gas prices relatively cheap, record volumes of traffic are expected on the Maine Turnpike. State police say they’ll be ready patrolling with a plane above the turnpike and extra details out on the roads.