PIERRE, S.D. l The South Dakota Highway Patrol says it will be out in force on the Fourth of July to emphasize safe travel during the holiday weekend.

Col. Craig Price says the day-long saturation patrol will involve virtually all uniformed troopers.

Price says the Independence Day holiday period is one of the busiest of the year for travel on state highways. He says putting as many troopers on the road as possible raises public awareness of the need to make safe travel choices.

Officials say speed and alcohol are the top targets for the enforcement campaign, but troopers will also be enforcing other traffic laws such as wearing seatbelts.

The saturation is part of the Highway Patrol's summer-long safe-travel campaign, "Obey the Sign and Avoid the Fine."

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