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Dadeville police plan holiday focus on traffic safety

Published 2:55am Thursday, December 19, 2013

Officers of the Dadeville Police Department will have “increased awareness” of driver safety over the busy Christmas holidays next week.

“We just ask for everyone to be patient and to be intelligent,” said Sgt. Investigator Jonathan Floyd. “There will be increased traffic over the holiday, just like always. We ask drivers to be smart, don’t drink and drive, watch the speed limit, buckle up and be careful. And definitely don’t text and drive.”

He said the DPD officers patrolling through the Christmas holidays will have an enhanced focus on traffic enforcement — speed limits, stop signs, seat belts and such — because that enforcement has been proven through research to reduce fatalities and auto accidents.

“Too often, drivers get complacent, they don’t pay attention to what they’re doing and they can be their own worst enemy,” Floyd said. “Just paying attention, staying off the phone and watching the speed limit and it’ll greatly increase the likelihood that they will arrive alive. That is our number one goal.”

The Alabama Department of Public Safety will also be working overtime through the holidays to be sure drivers “arrive alive.”

Alabama State Troopers will step up efforts, according to the a DPS press release, to prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities. Those efforts will include a patrols, sobriety checkpoints, line patrols and aircraft-based LIDAR speed detection.

Troopers also will focus on violations that often contribute to crashes, including speeding, following too closely, driver distraction and improper passing. These additional enforcement activities will be made possible through grant funding from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Alabama Department of Transportation.

“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’s special enforcement period will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, and will end at midnight Thursday, Jan. 2.  This extra enforcement effort is made possible through grant funding provided by the Alabama Department of Transportation and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

In addition, troopers will be available to assist motorists and can be reached via cell phone at *HP (*47), which will direct motorists to the nearest Highway Patrol post.

Troopers also will partner with law enforcement and traffic safety agencies throughout the state and nation to aggressively work to curtail impaired driving. McCall said, “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.”