December 28th, 2019
Alabama State Troopers, as well as local law enforcement agencies, will continue to have an elevated presence on Alabama’s roadways throughout the remainder of the “Holiday Travel Period”, which officially ends at midnight, January 1st.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said all available State Troopers have been assigned to patrol the roadways – and they urge all motorists to refrain from driving while drinking or distracted, to obey the speed limit and don’t follow other vehicles too closely – and don’t forget – everyone in the vehicle is now required to buckle up front and back seats.
Alabama Law Enforcement Secretary Hal Taylor says “Our goal is simply to save lives,”
For the safety of motorists and work crews, the Alabama Department of Transportation will temporarily suspend interstate lane closures during New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Let’s all do our part to “Arrive Alive Alabama.”
“Safety is in the hand of drivers, as they are out enjoying their holiday celebrations,” said Allison Green, Drive Safe Alabama coordinator with the Alabama Department of Transportation. “Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can wreck your holiday and have serious consequences that continue long past the new year.”
ALDOT encourages drivers to:
– Always designate a sober driver.
– Wear a seat belt. Alabama law now requires all passengers in a vehicle to buckle up.
People are almost seven times more likely to die in a crash when the driver who causes the crash is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as shown in the Alabama 2018 Crash Facts publication.
Surviving a crash is more likely when wearing a seat belt. The latest statistics from Drive Safe Alabama show that almost 60 percent of people killed on Alabama highways were not wearing seat belts.
Traffic and Road Conditions
Motorists planning their holiday travel route can find Alabama traffic and road condition information at www.ALGOtraffic.com or by downloading the ALGO Traffic app. ALDOT asks motorists to use ALGO Traffic responsibly. Drivers should never text, tweet, or use a mobile device while operating a vehicle.
About the Alabama Department of Transportation
ALDOT’s mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally and economically sound transportation network across Alabama. For further information, visit www.dot.state.al.us.