TAMWORTH — State and local police will have extra patrols during Labor Day weekend to look for impaired drivers.

State Police Col. Christopher Wagner, director of the New Hampshire State Police and Lt. James Fogarty, troop commander of the Troop E barracks in Tamworth, announced that during the Labor Day weekend of Aug. 31-Sept. 1, state troopers from the Troop E barracks, in collaboration with the Conway  Bartlett, Jackson and Madison Police Departments will be conducting a DWI saturation patrol in the Mount Washington Valley area.

“The New Hampshire State Police consider the detection and apprehension of impaired drivers and enforcement of the Driving While Intoxicated statutes to be a top priority,” states a press release from N.H. State Police.

Fogarty said the goal is to educate the public about the patrol in advance so that people will be less inclined to drive while impaired.

“The goal is to make the roads safer,” Fogarty said.

He believes this is the first time such a detail has been done in the valley. He said the state police will follow up with another press release to announce the results of the patrol.

For the state police and other agencies the saturation patrols are grant funded from the New Hampshire Office of Highway Safety.

Conway Police Chief Ed Wagner said that in Conway the patrols will involve two officers and cost about $450.

“NHSP asked if we wanted to join them in this and we accepted,” Wagner said. “This is not being paid for by any grant, at least for CPD, and will be paid as overtime. We often team up with state police to do things like this.”

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