Alabama troopers plan extra patrols for sobriety

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's public safety director says
motorists can expect extra patrols and sobriety checkpoints
statewide during the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Public Safety Director Christopher Murphy said troopers will
focus on curtailing impaired driving.

The sobriety checkpoints begin Wednesday.

Murphy said a similar crackdown before Thanksgiving resulted in more than 2,200 traffic citations, including 75 citations for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Alabama had 15 traffic deaths during the long Christmas holiday
weekend last year, and alcohol was a factor in at least seven of

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