With the holiday weekend here, local and state law enforcement officers are taking extra steps to ensure safety on the roadways.
Alabama state troopers have made what governor bob riley calls "impressive" strides in improving the safety of our highways...
And they want to keep it way...
Especially during the holiday weekend.
With vacationers heading down to the beach for Labor Day, our local roadways are sure to have more traffic.
Alabama highways are safe and prepared for the influx based on recent statistics.
Crash fatalities have decreased by nearly 300 since 2006 according to one report.
Also, Alabama ranks 20th nationally in overall state highway performance. That's stated in the 19th annual state highway report.
The latest ranking is up from 43rd in 2005.
“To make sure things keep going in the right direction, the Alabama State Troopers have teamed up with the Dothan Police Department to make sure the Wiregrass is safe during this holiday weekend,” said reporter Danielle Eldredge.
“We have approximately 40 extra overtime slots allotted for the Labor Day weekend. Twenty-four of those will be dedicated to DUI checkpoints the other 16 will be dedicated toward roving patrols and the checkpoints will be done in conjunction with the Alabama State Troopers,” said Lieutenant Anthony Westberry of the Dothan Police Department.
Westberry says that partnership is necessary considering the increase in impaired drivers police often see during holiday weekends.
“They have resources they can bring that we don't have. They have a vehicle that houses the portable breath testing instruments,” said Westberry.
He also expects better safety will be seen in the increased number of patrols.
“We emphasize a police presence during these holiday times so if we're there and they see us they are less likely to have accidents or violate traffic laws,” said Westberry.
He expects traffic to be at least doubled, if not tripled this weekend.
To keep you and your family safe, he recommends expecting congested roadways and paying more attention behind the wheel.
Although traffic will be heavy in lieu of Labor Day, Westberry says it's nothing compared to other holidays.
He says the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest.