Holiday Law Enforcement Issues

By: Kassi Shelley Email
By: Kassi Shelley Email

The fourth of July is one of the busiest times of the year for law enforcement.

"The biggest thing we had over the 4th of July holiday's is fireworks calls, which is the norm every year. We spend a lot of time, the city, county, and the state responding to fireworks calls."

Mostly because of firework in the city limits cause fire concerns.
But along with fireworks, officers also dealt with...

"An increase in domestic issues during the holidays because people are tied up and cooped up and the heat was pretty extreme for those two or three days there, but we only had two domestic issues."

But as always, road safety is the major concern during this busy travel holiday.

"Our arrests in reference to DUI's on the 4th of July, we only had one."

"Actually, Dothan was very lucky. We didn't have any fatalities reported to us. The Traffic Division worked 35 total roadway accidents."

Collins says that roadway awareness is what really got people into trouble.

"A lot of them were rear-collisions, following too close, not a safe stopping distance, people failing to yield the right of way, at red lights turning left."

Labor Day is the next busy holiday for law enforcement and they say they plan to keep the same tactics in play, such as using roving patrol instead of driver’s license checkpoints.

"So we'll maintain our course of what we're doing now, it's enforcement and enforcement by appearance."

So holiday or not, continue to stay safe and obey the rules of the road.


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