Alabama State Troopers prepare for Thanksgiving travel

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - After 12 individuals died on Alabama's roadways last Thanksgiving weekend, Alabama State Troopers are making every effort to keep drivers safe this holiday.

As part of the Department of Public Safety's holiday travel safety campaign troopers will be out in full force from 6pm Wednesday to midnight Sunday. As a measure to prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities on roadways during the 102-hour initiative, all available troopers will be on patrol and prepared to assist motorists.

"We expect traffic to be heavier than usual during this year's extended holiday period, and we will aggressively enforce traffic laws. Troopers will target such dangerous behavior as driving under the influence, speeding, distracted driving and following too closely. Not only can these driving behaviors cause crashes, but they can contribute to more severe crashes," Col. Hugh B. McCall, Director of Public Safety said.

According to Public Safety statistics from 2010, alcohol was a factor in seven of the 12 fatalities, and 10 out of the 12 individuals killed were not wearing seat belts.

Motorists can help ensure they arrive safely to their destinations by obeying all traffic laws, observing speed limits, buckling up and avoiding driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Our goal is to make a positive difference on our state's highways. It's about saving lives and preventing crashes," McCall said.

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