Saturday, May 28, 2011

Alabama State Troopers Step Up Patrols During Holiday Weekend

It's no holiday for Alabama State Troopers, who put in extra effort to keep you safe on the roads this Memorial Day Weekend.
Sergeant Steve Jarrett says the more people that are on the roads, the greater the chance for traffic accidents.Every available Alabama State Trooper will be working the roads this weekend.
Sergeant Steve Jarrett says their goal during a heavily traveled holiday weekend like Memorial Day Weekend, is to increase visibility and also increase their ability to respond to calls.    
Sgt. Jarrett says accidents typically go up during holiday weekends and the main causes for car crashes on a weekend like this one are driving under the influence, speeding, and not using seat belts.
State Troopers want to caution all drivers hitting the roads this weekend to use extreme caution and obey all of the laws. If you do not, you will get a ticket. There will be no warnings.
During Memorial Day Weekend last year, nine traffic fatalities occurred that were investigated by Alabama State Troopers and seven of those were not wearing seat belts.
"The traffic laws are there for a reason, for safety. Keep yourself safe and keep everyone else safe. The main thing I recommend is always, always no matter how short a trip is, wear your seat belt," said Sgt. Jarrett.
Riding without a seat belt in the front seat of a car or if you are under the age of 15 is a primary violation.
In addition to the heightened enforcement this weekend, Troopers continue to enforce the national 'Click it or Ticket' campaign that started Monday and runs through June 5th.

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