Law enforcement ready for holiday
by David Atchison
Local and state law enforcement officers will saturate the roads during the Memorial Day weekend, looking for unsafe drivers.

“We’ll have our normal shifts, plus additional officers working the Click It Or Ticket program,” said Talladega City Police Chief Alan Watson.

The department will kick off its Click It Or Ticket program today.

“It will run through May 30,” Watson said.

He said officers will look for unsafe drivers, including seatbelt violations and DUIs.

“They need to wear seatbelts; that is a quick fix,” Watson said. “Memorial Day is a big weekend for people heading out to the lake and going other places. They need to make sure they have a designated driver if they are going to drink. We don’t want any deaths on the road this Memorial Day weekend.”

The Alabama Department of Public Safety announced it was going to have all available state troopers and their law enforcement partners across the state conducting traffic safety initiatives designed to save lives.

“We expect heavier than usual traffic during this extended holiday weekend, and we will aggressively enforce traffic laws,” said Col. Hugh McCall, director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety. “Troopers will target such dangerous behavior as speeding, DUI, distracted driving, following too closely and other driving behaviors that cause crashes and contribute to more severe crashes.”

Last Memorial Day weekend there were three traffic fatalities in three separate accidents. Two of the individuals killed were the drivers of passenger vehicles and the third individual was operating a motorcycle. Alcohol was involved in at least one of the three crashes. In two of the crashes involving passenger vehicles, the individuals killed were not using seat belts.

“Our safety campaign is about preventing crashes and saving lives – not raising revenue,” McCall said.

Pell City Police Lt. Danny Holmes said his department will have designated police officers who will strictly work and look for traffic violations during the weekend.

“That will include things like seatbelt violations to DUIs,” he said. “We’ll have extra officers strictly working traffic enforcement.”

He said designated police officers will have vehicle safety check-points throughout the city through Memorial Day, so drivers need to obey all traffic laws.

The Sylacauga Police Department will also participate in a Memorial Day weekend traffic blitz.

Sylacauga has already begun tightening up traffic enforcement and will continue its efforts through June 2.

According to a press release, the Sylacauga Police Department will conduct safety checkpoints throughout the city, checking driver’s licenses and proof of insurance.

Officers will also check to make sure drivers and their passengers are wearing seatbelts and children are in proper car seats.

The department will have extra officers patrolling for speeding, DUIs and other common offenses.

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