Troopers Prepare for Holiday Traffic

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Alabama State Troopers are gearing up for the 78-hour New Year's holiday travel period which begins at 6p-m tonight and ends at midnight Sunday, January second.

Troopers estimate that 13 people may die in traffic accidents across the state. Public Safety Director Colonel Mike Coppage said all available troopers will be on duty. He said officers will target drivers impaired by alcohol or drug and enforce seat belt
and speeding laws.

Last year, 26 people lost their lives during the 102-hour New Year's holiday. 18 on rural roads and eight in urban areas. At least nine of the deaths involved alcohol and another 16 victims were not wearing seat belts.

Troopers urge New Year's revelers to limit alcohol use and consider a designated driver. Other services are available to help you get home safely. They include free towing by Triple-A and taxi services.