Holiday brings added traffic

Published 3:00 am Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) are urging drivers to pay extra attention on the roads this Labor Day weekend.

The agencies sent out a release Tuesday that traffic is expected to be heavier than usual over the weekend.

“For many of us, Labor Day weekend is a chance for us to squeeze in one last trip to the beach or lake or other fun warm-weather destination,” Secretary of Law Enforcement Stan Stabler said in the release. “Let’s all do our part to ensure our roadways and waterways are safe. Let’s obey all traffic laws.”

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People travelling to the beach for the holiday weekend could add extra traffic in Troy with U.S. Highway 231 and U.S. Highway 167 being major highways to Florida beaches.

Troy University also kicks off it’s season with a home game this Saturday, so more people may be on the roads for that.

During the holiday weekend, all available Alabama State Troopers will be used to create a highly visible enforcement presence to prevent crimes and violations that often lead to injuries and death, he said.

“We also will join our county and municipal law enforcement partners across Alabama to promote the national safety campaign Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, which is designed to combat driving under the influence,” Stabler added.

The release also warned that speeding, driving under the influence and distracted driving are the deadliest driving behaviors.

Clay Ingram, Triple A spokesperson, urged drivers to eliminate or reduce distractions while driving.

“Attention on the road will be much more important with the amount of congestion this weekend,” Ingram said. “The margin of error is going to be less; the reaction time is going to be less. There will be more cars and they’ll be closer to you than usual.”

Grant funding from ALDOT and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) will cover additional Trooper shifts for the holiday weekend.

As an added precaution, all temporary lane closures on Alabama interstates will be suspended from noon Friday to midnight on Monday.

The agencies would like to remind the public to:

• Avoid driving or boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

• Pay attention to speed limits and driving conditions on the road, and obey boating laws on the water.