Alabama troopers are putting the brakes on driving fatalities and they hope to accomplish this trough a new program called "Safety-2".
630 is the total number of people killed in traffic accidents in rural Alabama during 2008 and while that number is down 17% from 2007, state troopers are working to reduce the total even more through their new.
Capt. Ricky Peak with Alabama State Trooper says, “Our goal statewide and in all the counties is to reduce traffic fatalities by 2 in each county, so locally we're responsible for 8 counties so that would be a total of 16.”
Troopers are stepping up patrols through the use of motorcycles and setting up more checkpoints. They are also increasing the number of patrols on highways where more driving violations occur.
“During this past year we found out that speeding and dui and not wearing your seat belt was still a leading cause of fatalities so of course we'll be focusing our attention on those drivers,” said Peak.
Troopers say when you come upon a checkpoint don't turn around and run, they will pursue you and a lot of people get tickets for not having paperwork and make sure you have your driver’s license, current registration and insurance information.
“If we change their driving behavior then we'll be able to reach our goal which is saving lives and reducing crashes and injuries.”
Last year in the Dothan post area, a total of 39 people died in traffic accidents.