Authorities urge drivers to buckle up and slow down during Memorial Day weekend. Both state and local police have received a grant that will pay their employees overtime to step up patrols in the "Click it or Ticket" campaign.
While eager employees may be looking forward to having Memorial Day off, nationwide, law enforcement officials will be writing tickets for this year's "Click it or Ticket" campaign.
State troopers, county deputies, and city police officers will be buckling up to man the streets for the Memorial Day holiday.
Some will be working an extra 6 to 8 hours, in addition to their regular schedules.
“They're operating on the major roadways looking for speeders not wearing their seatbelts, the major traffic enforcement violators is what they'll be looking for,” said Sgt Tim Ward.
Since Jan. 1 of this year, there've been more than 13,000 highway accidents.
304 of those accidents were fatal, and 163 could have been prevented if seatbelts were worn.
It’s predicted that there will be more traffic fatalities this Memorial Day holiday, than last Memorial Day holiday.
Alabama State Trooper Tracey Nelson said, “On the weekend, especially like Memorial weekend there's a lot more people on the roadway driving so therefore you have a higher fatality rate.”
This is why there will be an increased presence of law officers on Highway's 431, 231, and Alabama 167 and 87 and the Ross Clark Circle, where vacationers frequent
The "Click it or Ticket" campaign began Monday and will end at midnight on May 29th.
Last year around this time, 13 people died on Alabama’s roads.