Published: Jul 01, 2010 7:33 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 01, 2010 4:33 PM EDT

Law enforcement will be out in full force for the upcoming holiday weekend.  Several agencies will looking for dangerous and drunk drivers.

The Florida Highway Patrol is increasing patrols from Friday morning and to midnight Monday.  There will be a statewide traffic enforcement initiative focusing on violations for speed, failure to buckle up, and driving under the influence.

It's part of a national program aimed at reducing the number of traffic crashes during holiday weekends.

 All uniformed FHP personnel, including people regularly assigned to administrative duties, will participate in the patrols. FHP Auxiliary and Reserve troopers will volunteer as well.

The Fort Myers Police Department will also be utilizing additional officers to patrol City streets looking for impaired drivers.  The saturation patrol will take place this weekend beginning on Friday, July 2, 2010. The focus of the enhanced patrol is to:

1. Remove impaired drivers from the roadway

2. Reduce the likelihood impaired drivers will operate their vehicles on our roadways

3. Heighten awareness

4. Educate the public on the dangers of drunk driving

This and other increased patrol operations are scheduled as part of the Fort Myers Police Department’s strategic plan and on-going efforts to make the streets safer by educating and informing the public on traffic safety issues.