Extra State Troopers Put on Road Due to Record Traffic Fatalities

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state Department of Public Safety plans to put an extra 200 officers on Alabama highways from Monday, August 13 through Friday, August 17.

Public Safety Director Chris Murphy said the reason is Alabama's record highway fatality rate.

Alabama recorded 1,208 highway deaths during 2006. That was the highest number since 1973. Alabama five percent increase from 2005 went against the national trend, which saw a two percent decline.

Murphy said motorists realize Alabama has a shortage of state troopers patrolling the highways and driving speeds reflect that.

The public safety director joined some district attorneys today to announce the crackdown.

Montgomery County District Attorney Ellen Brooks said the program means more work for prosecutors, but it will be worth it if it achieves its goal of saving lives.

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