State troopers remind travelers of Alabama traffic laws this holiday season

Some of the biggest yet minor mistakes that lead drivers to getting a ticket.
Published: Dec. 22, 2020 at 7:17 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - It’s no secret that travelers are already hitting the roadway, people are making their way to their holiday destination. ALEA said travelers need to be mindful and prepare for hazardous roadway conditions due to potential icy bridges and roadways on Thursday, Christmas Eve and Friday, Christmas Day.

State Trooper Kendra McKinney shares some of the biggest yet minor mistakes travelers make that can get them a ticket.

“Not wearing their seatbelt for sure,” Trooper McKinney said. “Speeding also, following too close, failure to signal, not stopping at stop signs, or yield signs. The minor traffic laws that a lot of people don’t take heed to as much.”

Traffic will intensify along major highways like U.S. 231, U.S. 431 and U.S. 84.

The busiest traveling days being on Fridays and Sundays, travelers going to and from their destinations, but need to be conscious of this -

“Always pay attention to other travelers on the roadway,” Trooper McKinney said. “Don’t be distracted, also no drinking and driving. Try to find you a sober friend or family member to take you where you need to go.”

This year there will be an increase in officer presence working special details.

“We do have a lot of special details that we work, such as driver’s license check points, line saturations and just enforcing our traffic laws on the highways,” Trooper McKinney said.

Trooper McKinney said it is important for drivers to be mindful of the Alabama traffic laws no matter where they are driving.

“Be aware of the Alabama Move Over Law,” Trooper McKinney said. “You are required to move over if you see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road or slow down to at least 15 miles per hour if you are not able to move over.”

The Alabama Department of Transportation did say traffic will likely be a little lower this year compared to previous years, but that doesn’t mean drivers should not be careful on the roads.

Alabama will have no temporary lane closures on interstates in place from Thursday December 24th through Sunday December 27th.

Holiday travel is from Thursday, December 24 through Friday, January 1st 2021.

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