From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY – With the holiday weekend approaching, Alabamians can expect a heavy police presence on roadways.
With Independence Day landing on a Saturday this year, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) will observe the official Fourth of July holiday travel period from 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3 through midnight Sunday, July 5.
“There is zero tolerance for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor said. “Make it a habit to select a designated driver prior to any Independence Day drinking, as well as for the rest of the year.” If unable to find a sober driver, he added, consider using a ride-share service or call a cab. “Just don’t get behind the wheel and attempt to drive yourself home.”
According to a press release from the ALEA, its Highway Patrol Division will once again participate in a campaign known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” which is designed to end DUIs. Those efforts, according to the release, will include DUI checkpoints throughout the weekend.
“It is worth repeating, drinking and driving does not mix. Under no circumstances is it ever acceptable to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after you’ve been drinking. Doing so endangers you and everyone on the road with you.” Secretary Taylor said. “Let’s all do our part to make this a safe and enjoyable Fourth for everyone.”