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The Montgomery Police Department will begin special traffic enforcement details next week to help increase safety on roadways throughout the city.  

The details, announced during Mayor Todd Strange's media briefing earlier this week,  will target driving behaviors that contribute to motor vehicle crashes and crash severity, according to Maj. Keith Barnett, commander of MPD's Traffic Division. 

Barnett said the first traffic safety saturation details will take place during peak traffic periods next week, with enforcement focused on major thoroughfares, including Interstates 65 and 85.  

"Our mission is safety on the roadways for the motoring public and for pedestrians alike," said Barnett. "We will look primarily for drivers who are speeding, following too closely, exhibiting distraction or inattention, and driving in a manner that is otherwise unsafe or aggressive." 

Through the initiative, MPD hopes to increase public awareness of traffic safety and improve driving behavior, according to Barnett. The special patrols are part of MPD's 2013 program to decrease traffic deaths in the capital city.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Montgomery Police Dept.

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