More Troopers to Patrol the State's Roads Next Week

UNDATED (AP) - You may want to ease up on the gas pedal next week.

More than 200 extra state troopers will be on Alabama roads next week as part of their "Take Back Our Highways" campaign.

The campaign comes in response to Alabama's traffic fatality rate, which is the highest since 1973.

Troopers will patrol throughout the state the week of August 13th. They will be looking for the top five accident-causing infractions: speeding, driving under the influence, following too closely, failure to yield right-of-way and driver inattention.

The traffic fatality rate in Alabama went up 5 percent from 2005 to 2006. The national rate dropped 2 percent during the same time.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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