Holiday Traffic and Troopers

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Better buckle up over the Memorial Day weekend. Alabama law enforcement agencies, state, county and local officers, are participating in the nationwide "Click It or Ticket" enforcement blitz. The campaign started Monday and ends June 5.

Colonel Mike Coppage, Alabama's Public Safety Director, said despite increased seat belt use statewide, more than half of the people killed in rural traffic accidents this year were not wearing seatbelts.

Coppage said additional troopers will patrol popular vacation routes over the 78-hour holiday weekend as part of Operation CARE or Combined Accident Reduction Effort. The roadways include all interstates and US Highways 231 and 331.

Troopers estimate that 17 people may die in traffic accidents in Alabama over the holiday travel period that begins Friday at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight Monday, May 30.

17 people died last year in traffic accidents in Alabama over the Memorial Day weekend.