Highway 431 Safety Awareness Week

The Department of Transportation is reminding everyone to drive safely on Highway 431. In fact, this week is "Highway 431 Safety Awareness Week."

Southeast Alabama Medical Center is teaming with the Alabama Department of Transportation to try and make the road safer.

It's part of $800,000 grant which will be spent over three years.

The money is being used to pay overtime for an increased police presence on Highway 431, provide first responder courses, and work with local organizations.

“That week we'd like to see no fatalities since it is Labor Day week. We'd like to see no fatalities on 431 which is our desire to see no fatalities in Houston County, or Alabama all over the state,” said Jack Chancey of Southeast AL Medical Center.

Since the implementation of the program last year there's been a decrease of in the number of traffic deaths.