ALEA increases patrols for holiday season

Published 4:11 pm Monday, December 22, 2014

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is increasing patrols to help protect the lives and promote the safety of motorists in Alabama this holiday season.

“ALEA is utilizing all available resources during this peak travel period,” Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said in a release. “We want all motorists to arrive at their destination safely.”

During the holiday travel period, which began at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 19 and ends at midnight Jan. 2, state law enforcement officers will work to create a highly visible enforcement presence intended to prevent crimes and violations on Alabama roadways and waterways that lead to deaths and injuries.

The public should expect officers, even in unmarked vehicles, to make enforcement stops.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,561 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2012, and 10,322 of those fatalities occurred in drunk-driving related crashes.

More than one in five crash fatalities that year occurred in a crash that involved a drunk driver with a BAC at or above 0.15, almost double the legal limit.

“If you are celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, do not drive,” Col. John Richardson of ALEA’s Department of Public Safety said in a release. “During the 2013 holiday travel period, alcohol was a factor in five of the 17 ALEA Trooper-investigated fatalities

In addition, ALEA Troopers will be available to assist motorists and can be reached by dialing *HP (*47) on their cell phone.