Montgomery, AL – As the week of spring break is a highly anticipated vacation for students, state troopers are preparing for the increased traffic throughout the state, according to Department of Public Safety Director Col. J. Christopher Murphy.
Overtime grants administered by the Alabama Department of Transportation and the Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Division of ADECA will help fund additional patrols during this time.
State trooper enforcement plans will include speed limit details, laser speed detection devices, sobriety checkpoints, and ramping up patrols on interstates and heavily traveled beach routes to promote travel safety.
“Driving with care and caution is a responsibility that impacts not just one’s personal safety, but the lives and safety of all others who share the roadways,” said Murphy. “Remember that texting and other distractions while driving can have disastrous results.”
Murphy also emphasized the vital importance of driving sober and that troopers exercise a “zero tolerance” policy toward impaired motoring. He cited a few safety rules to help ensure safe travel:
1. Buckle up on each and every trip whenever and wherever you drive. Last year 63% of vehicle occupants killed in trooper-reported traffic crashes were not using seat belts.
2. Obey speed limits and all other traffic laws.
3. Don’t drink and drive.
4. Avoid driver distractions; maintain focus on driving tasks, the roadway, other motorists, and your surroundings.
The Public Safety Director added that teens wanting to take the road skills test during this holiday period can avoid waits by scheduling an appointment. Appointments are available in Montgomery, Huntsville, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Mobile, Dothan and Opelika, and may be scheduled up to two weeks in advance.
Testing for walk-ins is also available at those offices and all other driver license examining sites statewide. For more information or to schedule an appointment, see www.dps.alabama.gov.
Article by Melissa Parker
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