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    ALEA to Step Up Marine, Highway Patrols for Labor Day Weekend Holiday
    Labor Day weekend, summer’s season finale, typically draws heavier-than-usual traffic on Alabama’s roadways and waterways.  

    During Labor Day weekend, which runs from 12:01 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, to midnight Monday, Sept. 4, Troopers in ALEA’s Highway Patrol and Marine Patrol Divisions will step up patrol and enforcement efforts across the state to promote safety and work to prevent crashes, injuries and deaths.

    Enforcement efforts include participation in the national campaign Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. During this final week, Troopers and their law enforcement partners across the state will conduct sobriety checks and do everything they can to remove impaired individuals from behind the wheels of vehicles and boats (or other water vessels). Grants administered through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) will fund overtime for additional Troopers during this valuable safety campaign.

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    Traffic Fatalities Up Considerably From 2015, Budget Cuts Could Be To Blame

    WSFA: Fatal traffic accidents appear to be on the rise in Alabama and budget cuts may be behind the increase. Experts say cuts to the General Fund Budget and fewer state troopers on the roads, could be to blame. The number of traffic deaths had been trending down in recent years but 2016 is a different, deadly story. To further highlight the need and the effects of the shortfall, ALEA points to a University of Alabama Study. The study found that Alabama needed some 1100 troopers to adequately patrol a state of our size; Jarrett says we're down to about 260.

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    State Troopers: Labor Day traffic fatality rate drops by 50 percent
    WSFA: Alabama State Troopers investigated five traffic fatalities over the 2016 Labor Day weekend, half the number from the previous year. The deaths happened in Autauga, Calhoun, Houston, Madison, and Talladega counties. Four of the five victims were drivers, according to State Troopers. The fifth victim was a pedestrian. Of the four drivers killed, only one was wearing a seatbelt.

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    ALEA Encourages Alabamians to Make Safety Part of their Holiday Plans

    Fourth of July, Fireworks and Fun

    ALEA Encourages Alabamians to Make Safety Part of their Holiday Plans

    MONTGOMERY – Across Alabama, families and friends will gather to celebrate Independence Day with parades, parties and fireworks. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) reminds Alabamians safety is important when traveling Alabama roadways or waterways, and when celebrations involve fireworks.

    “Safety is always a priority, particularly as Independence Day weekend festivities may involve alcohol and may result in traffic or boating crashes, injuries and fatalities,” Alabama’s Secretary of Law Enforcement Stan Stabler said. “By all means, have fun. Just designate a driver to get you home safely, whether on the water or roadway.”

    To spread this safety message, ALEA is participating in the national campaign Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. ALEA’s Director of Public Safety John Richardson said, “Troopers assigned to Highway Patrol and Marine Patrol will work to reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes and fatalities on Alabama roadways and waterways.”

    Troopers will bolster enforcement efforts beginning Friday, July 1, and running through midnight Monday, July 4. 

    During the previous year, the Fourth holiday travel period was from Friday, July 3, through midnight Sunday, July 5, during which Troopers investigated five fatalities on roadways and two boating fatalities.

    Stabler said, “We look forward to joining our county and municipal law enforcement partners to reduce injuries and deaths during this holiday period by enforcing traffic, boating and alcoholic beverage laws.”  

    In addition, Stabler offered the following safety tips:

    • Avoid driving or boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
    • Buckle up on the road or on the water -- no matter how short your trip. Occupants of all ages should use seat belts or child restraints when traveling by motor vehicles. On waterways, all occupants of water vessels should use U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
    • Focus on driving or boating, and avoid such distractions as texting and using cell phones.
    • Restrict access and closely monitor teens to prevent underage use of alcoholic beverages.
    • Take care while traveling through construction zones as drivers pose the greatest danger in these areas by speeding, not paying attention and driving while impaired or distracted.

    Troopers will work additional patrol shifts with grants from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Alabama Department of Transportation.

    Media:  Please contact your local State Trooper Public Information Officer to schedule a ride-along or interview

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