From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY – Alabama may not have a white Christmas, but its bridges and roadways could become icy later this holiday week, with forecasts calling for freezing precipitation, particularly on Thursday, Dec. 24, and into Friday, Dec. 25.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) urges motorists planning to travel this week to be prepared for hazardous road conditions, in addition to the typical heavier-than-normal holiday traffic.
“The days leading up to Christmas through New Year’s Day are truly a joyful and festive time, even during mild weather conditions,” said ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor. “This week, however, forecasters are calling for freezing precipitation across the state. We urge Alabama’s motoring public to monitor the weather, drive with extreme caution and assist our Troopers and our law enforcement partners by promoting safety on Alabama roadways and to prevent traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.”
The extended holiday travel period will run from 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, to midnight Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. According to authorities, ALEA’s Troopers will conduct a variety of enforcement activities, including driver license and equipment check points, to curb such behaviors as driving under the influence, driving while distracted, not buckling up, speeding and following too closely.
In addition, the agency is participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, designed to curb alcohol and drug-impaired driving.
“With thousands upon thousands traveling this time of year, even during the pandemic, safety is key, especially when you add wintry weather to the mix,” Taylor said.