Troopers to Target Impaired Drivers During Holiday Season

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - As drivers hit the road this holiday season, Alabama state troopers will increase their presence on the state's roadways to target drivers impaired by alcohol and drugs and enforce seatbelt and child restraint laws.

The stepped up enforcement efforts includes checkpoints and line
patrols across the state.

State police director, Colonel J- Christopher Murphy, estimates that 14 people may die on Alabama roads over the 78-hour Christmas travel period, which begins at 6 p-m Friday, December 22nd and ends
at midnight Monday, December 25th, 2007.

Troopers predict 14 people could lose their lives during the 78-hour New Year's travel period. It runs from 6 p-m Friday, December 29th through midnight Monday, January first.

The department said in 2005, 13 people died in traffic accidents in Alabama over the Christmas period. 10 were killed during the New Year's travel period.

Murphy reminds motorists to focus on safety and to practice courtesy and patience toward others drivers.

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