Spring Break Traffic Patrols Still in Effect

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

It doesn't take long for an officer to spot a distracted or aggressive driver, especially in March when traffic is at an all-time high.

Many of the cars traveling down Highway 231 South are filled with spring breakers, ready to spend their vacation at the beach.
And as the weather gets warmer, the traffic will continue to increase.

“There have been some increase different colleges let out for spring break at different times high schools too.” Dothan Police Sergeant Tim Ellison said.

Law enforcement officers say although this is one of the busiest times of the year for them, they don't have more officers out on the road.

Instead, they take a different approach, patrolling typical crash sites.

“We do try to focus on some areas such as down 231 South during this time of year.” Houston County Sheriffs Captain Jeff Carlisle said.

“This is one area here that specifically gets congested this is kind of a choke point at South Oates Street south of Ross Clark circle.” Ellison said.

“We look for aggressive drivers, people not wearing seatbelts, people changing lanes improperly.” Carlisle said.

Officers say aggressive drivers usually cause the accident.

“And most of those are caused by following too close, not paying attention to the vehicle ahead of you.” Carlisle said.

That's why Carlisle says if you see an aggressive driver, give them space and avoid becoming a victim of road rage.

Carlisle says they have already seen more accidents than usual on 231.

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