Day 1 of Traffic Blitz Results in Thousands of Tickets

UNDATED, Ala. (AP) - Day one of the "Take Back Our Highways" program got off to a strong start Monday.

Figures released Thursdau by the Alabama Department of Public Safety show state troopers issued 3,272 traffic citations.

They include 20 for DUI, nearly 1,500 for speeding and another 547 for failing to use seat belts and or child restraints.

Troopers said dozens of others were ticketed for following too closely and improper lane changes.

State public safety officials said 8 people were killed in traffic accidents yesterday, including last night's horrific two-vehicle crash in Houston County that claimed the lives of six people.

By comparison from the same day in 2006, troopers issued 627 tickets.

The week long traffic blitz ends Sunday.

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