Summer’s unofficial end, Labor Day gives everyone a chance to squeeze in one last warm-weather weekend at the lake, beach or other fun destination.
And that means heavier-than-usual traffic along Alabama’s roadways. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) urges motorists to do their part and obey all traffic laws to ensure everyone arrives safely. Between 12:01 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, and midnight Monday, Sept. 7, all available Alabama State Troopers of ALEA will step up patrols and enforcement activities to promote public safety.
“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.
Troopers and their local and county law enforcement partners across Alabama will work together on the national safety campaign Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, which is designed to combat driving under the influence. During the time, 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 and the Alabama Department of Transportation.
Collier said, “We are called to provide courtesy, service and protection, and we are fully committed to ensuring this state’s citizens and visitors are safe.”
- Avoid driving or boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Pay attention to speed limits and driving conditions on the road, and obey boating laws on the water.
- Use seat belts and child restraints in motor vehicles and life vests on the water.
- Restrict access and closely monitor teens to prevent underage use of alcoholic beverages.
- Pay attention to weather conditions, particularly when it involves thunder and lightning.