Operation 'Take Back our Highways'

By: Lauren Davis Email
By: Lauren Davis Email

A daily average of 510 Alabama state troopers trekked more than 340 thousand miles patrolling Alabama’s roads during operation take back our highways last week.

The statewide numbers were staggering and so were the numbers locally.

180 troopers braved record heat logging more than 3 thousand hours in a concentrated effort to save lives and increase safety.

They did just that. The number of casualties was lowered to 26 injuries and zero fatalities.

Troopers in our 8 county southeast district reported 1141 speeding citations, 16 DUI arrests, 48 tailgating citations, 8 improper lane change tickets, and 553 seatbelt violations.

The 'take back our highways' initiative is over, but troopers are still out patrolling the highways in the Wiregrass and state-wide.

The troopers started another state wide initiative Monday the drunk driving, over the limit, under arrest Labor Day DUI patrol.

So as you're driving on Alabama roadways, continue to watch your speed so troopers will never have to knock on your loved one's door.

Drunk driving, over the limit, under arrest is effective today through Labor Day September 3 in the state.

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  • by R Lightfoot Location: Troy Alabama on Aug 21, 2007 at 07:52 AM
    Has any one really slowed down? I was on a 55mph road (231) between Troy and Pea River and was passed 6 cars. I was on the rosd for 6 miles. This is an improvement because usely at 55 I am passed by every one. Speeders have no reguard for the law or any one that may loose their life and the family of that person. I wish I had a total of the number of the dead between Troy and Brundidge now that it is 4 laned. I think 55 is to slow and wish it was raised to 60 and enforced at that speed with 0 tolerence. tPea River
  • by ray milligan Location: enterprise al on Aug 20, 2007 at 09:38 PM
    i believe it worked for the highways and now what the city needs to do is watch the school zones because there are far to many people speeding througt the school zones i see it every morning. thanks
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