Traffic safety tips for Thanksgiving holiday

Published 3:12 pm Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Alabama Law Enforcement plans to schedule extra-duty patrols during Thanksgiving to ensure motorists safely make it to and from their holiday destinations.

Between 12:01 a.m. Nov. 25 and midnight Nov. 29, all available Alabama State Troopers will patrol the state’s roadways, enforcing traffic laws and assisting travelers.

To further enhance enforcement efforts, ALEA will partner with local law enforcement across the state to create a highly visible presence.

“We are committed to ensuring public safety and preventing crimes and traffic violations that lead to death and injuries,” Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said in a release. “We will not tolerate individuals who are driving under the influence, and troopers will arrest the impaired drivers.”

During the 2014 Thanksgiving period, troopers assigned to the Highway Patrol Division investigated six traffic fatalities, including two individuals who were killed while riding an ATV. Of the other four individuals killed, only two were using seat belts at the time of the crashes.

ALEA and its law enforcement partners rely on members of the public to help promote safety during the long holiday weekend.

“I urge you to adhere to the safety tips and safeguards below while using Alabama’s roadways and waterways during this season,” Collier said in a release.

Some of the safety tips include:

•Use seat belts and child restraints in motor vehicles and life vests on the water – no matter how short the distance.

•Avoid driving or boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including prescription drugs).

•Restrict access and closely monitor teens to prevent underage use of alcoholic beverages.

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

•Monitor traffic and weather reports prior to driving to your destination.

•Expect traffic delays as Thanksgiving traffic is heavier than usual, with traffic crashes, stalled vehicles and weather-related issues on roadways.

All available troopers will work additional shifts thanks to a grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).

Motorists who encounter problems while traveling may contact the nearest Highway Patrol Post by dialing *HP (*47) on their cell phones.