Traffic enforcement hotspots in Amarillo

AMARILLO, Texas----We are entering one of the deadliest times of the year for motorists traveling across the Panhandle.

State Troopers say they are ready to spot speeders and put the breaks on dangerous drivers this holiday weekend.

Thanks to a grant from Tx-DOT, DPS troopers will be working overtime through the new year and they're making their presence known tonight.

"During the holiday period we have all of our troopers out," Trooper Gabriel Medrano said. "Days off are canceled and we are working weekends."

This weekend, troopers will be out in full force, hoping to prevent accidents and save lives.

This afternoon, we had the opportunity to ride shotgun with Trooper Medrano.

"During the weekends and holidays, I-27 which we are on right now is a very high trafficked roadway," he said. "During the daytime a lot of traffic stops occur here."

Here's a brief list of where troopers will be focusing their enforcement:

*I-27 from Amarillo to Canyon

*Interstate 40

*Interstate 40 feeder roads

*I-27 feeder roads

"Every trooper in their perspective county knows what roadways they need to be on during specific times of the day," he said. "They will be looking for speeders, intoxicated drivers and people not wearing seat belts."

All are factors that have caused dozens of fatalities over the past few years.

As our shift ended this afternoon, troopers want to warn drivers that theirs is just beginning.

Last month, Amarillo Police received a similar grant from Tx-DOT to conduct their own traffic enforcement this holiday season.