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Alabama State Troopers prepare for Holiday Season

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama State Troopers say they are making every effort this Christmas season to protect the lives and promote the safety of Alabama motorists with additional enforcement activities.

"It is one of the busiest and most exciting times of  year, and that seasonal hustle and bustle is evident on the state's roadways as many of us will travel more between now and New Year's," said Col. Hugh B. McCall, director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety and the state's highest-ranking trooper. "We all must make safety a priority -- no matter how rushed we feel."  

Public Safety will step up with extra efforts including extra patrols, sobriety checkpoints, line patrols and LIDAR speed detection. Troopers will also focus on those violations that contribute to crashes like speeding, following too closely, driver distraction and improper passing.

Motorists can also contact troopers for assistance via cell phone at *HP(*47), which will direct motorists to the nearest Highway Patrol post.

This enforcement period will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday December 20th and will end midnight Thursday January 2nd.

 "If your seasonal celebrations will include alcohol, please take a moment to designate a non-drinking driver or to make other arrangements to be sure you – and others on the road – arrive safely to your destination." McCall said.

These additional activities are made possible through grant funding from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Alabama Department of Transportation.

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