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Area Police Beefing Up Patrols For Fourth of July Festivities

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This week, tens of thousands of people will gather for 4th of July festivities.
And that means area police will be out in force.

With the Perry 200 celebrations this year, it's expected to be extremely crowded, with thousands turning out to celebrate the 4th of July.

State Police tell us they're going to have extra patrols out on area roadways.
During the fourth of July holiday weekend last year, there were nearly 850 accidents throughout the Commonwealth, 9 of those were deadly.

State police in Erie, Crawford and other surrounding counties are going to have extra troopers out on the roadways, trying to keep drivers safe.

And, Erie police say they're expecting a bigger crowd this year because of the Perry 200 celebration.
So, they're prepared with extra officers scheduled to work, in addition to the regular patrols.

"We anticipate a larger than normal crowd," said Erie's Deputy Chief Don Dacus. "So to help we've called on the motorcycle units, SAT Team, NAT team, in all we will have over 20 police officers that'll be walking on foot in the crowd, bicycles, so they'll be in to make sure everybody has a safe holiday," Dacus added.

"We'll be looking for DUI's and aggressive drivers for the most part, and also seatbelt violations," said PSP Corporal Kevin Calkins.

State police say the busy holiday travel season, and their beefed up patrols actually starts Tuesday at midnight and goes through Sunday.

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