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State Troopers will patrol roads in full force during holidays

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama State Troopers will be out in full force over the Thanksgiving Holiday, from Nov. 24-28 to "aggressively enforce traffic laws," according to the Department of Public Safety.

During the 102-hour "Take Back our Highways" safety program, troopers will target "such dangerous behavior as speeding, DUI, distracted driving and following too closely, all of which cause crashes and contribute to more severe crashes," said Col. F.A. Bingham, Public Safety's acting director.

Eight individuals died on Alabama's roadways last Thanksgiving weekend, and Alabama state troopers estimate that alcohol was a factor in half of those fatalities 

DPS has seen a decrease in fatalities each year since launching Take Back Our Highways, and Bingham said troopers are working to continue the safety trend. 

Throughout this campaign, state troopers also will engage in routine patrols and be available to assist motorists. To help ensure safety, every available trooper, including those who typically are assigned to duties other than patrol, will be in uniform and on Alabama's roadways during this program. "Take Back Our Highways is about making a positive difference on the highways," Bingham said. "It's about saving lives and preventing crashes."

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