- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama state troopers say they’re planning increased patrols as drivers take to the roads for holiday travel.

Department of Public Safety Director Cpl. John E. Richardson says the holiday travel period starts Friday and ends on New Year’s Day.

Sgt. Steve Jarrett said in a statement that alcohol was a factor in at least three of 19 fatal accidents that state troopers investigated during the 2014 holiday travel period. Authorities say 16 people who died during last year’s holiday travel period were in vehicles equipped with seatbelts, but nine victims were not using them.

Officials say an infant who was killed in a crash during last year’s holiday travel period was also unrestrained.

Authorities say troopers will be looking for speeders, drunk drivers and seatbelt violations.

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