From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is assigning additional Troopers to the roadways beginning with the Christmas travel period through the New Year.
“Less than a month ago, we announced Troopers investigated 14 traffic deaths during the five-day Thanksgiving travel period. Yes, 14 deaths – including one 12-year-old,” Secretary of Law Enforcement Stan Stabler said. “During the two-week holiday traveling period for last year’s Christmas and New Year’s, Troopers investigated 26 traffic deaths. Again, we implore motorists to help us make our roadways safer for everyone.”
ALEA reminds all traveling through the holidays to obey traffic laws, wear seatbelts and use child restraint systems, avoid driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, avoid texting and other distractions and avoid following too closely.
Troopers will increase patrols for a 17-day period, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 16 and running through midnight on Jan. 1, 2017.
During the Christmas-New Year’s travel period in 2015, Trooper arrested 475 individuals for DUI, and Troopers are as dedicated to curbing impaired driving this year.
“Please help us spread our holiday traffic safety message,” Secretary Stabler said. “Doing your part could save a life – and that life could be yours or a loved one’s.”