State troopers are urging motorists to think roadway safety over the four-day Christmas Holiday weekend.
Public Safety Director, Colonel W.M. Coppage, said a federal grant will provide for extra-duty patrols on highways, including the Interstate 20 corridor.
Coppage said drivers can expect troopers to step up their enforcement of seat belt and child restraint laws, speeding and a crackdown on drinking and driving.
The department estimates that 17 people will die in traffic crashes on Alabama roads during the 102-hour holiday period, which begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday and ends at midnight Sunday, Dec 28.
In 2002, 10 people died in vehicular crashes during the Christmas Holiday weekend. Five on rural roads and five in urban areas. Alcohol was a factor in three deaths; eight others were not wearing seatbelts.