ALEA urges safety this weekend

Published 1:38 pm Wednesday, September 2, 2015

With the Labor Day holiday coming up, traffic on Alabama’s roadways will be heavier than normal and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency urges motorists to obey all traffic laws for safety.

Between 12:01 a.m. Fri., Sept. 4, and midnight on Mon., Sept. 7, all available ALEA state troopers will set up patrols and enforcement activities.

“Although we currently are battling drastic budget cuts and the number of troopers is critically low, we at ALEA will use all available troopers during this busy extended holiday weekend,” Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said.

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During the holiday, especially, troopers and local law enforcement partners across the state will be working together on the national safety campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. The campaign is designed to combat driving under the influence. Troopers will create a highly visible enforcement presence to prevent crimes and violations that lead to injuries and death.

These additional trooper shifts are made possible through grants from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT).

Other tips for driving safe this weekend include:

• Avoid driving or boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

• Paying attention to speed limits and driving conditions on the road, and obey boating laws on the water.

• Using seat belts and child restraints in motor vehicles and life vests on the water.

• Restricting access and closely monitoring teens to prevent underage use of alcoholic beverages.

• Paying attention to weather conditions, particularly when it involves thunder and lightning.