Speeding Crackdown

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Motorists traveling through Alabama, especially on the interstate highways, better lighten up on the gas pedal. Gov. Bob Riley says state troopers, sheriffs' departments and some city police departments will be working together to crack down on speeding.

Riley says speeding-related fatalities have increased dramatically in Alabama and the state is on a pace to have a record 1,300 traffic fatalities this year.

Traditionally, state troopers have had the primary responsibility for policing interstate highways. But Riley says sheriffs' departments and some police departments across the state will start stopping speeders on the interstates. In addition, state troopers will concentrate on some of the most troublesome highways.

State Public Safety Director Mike Coppage says the increased presence of troopers on some interstates should be apparent beginning Friday.