Police report few problems over holiday weekendPublished 8:58pm Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Alexander City Police said Memorial Day passed with few incidents of mention on the city’s streets.
Capt. Tommy Lovett said that there were no injuries or deaths over the Memorial Day weekend, which ran from 6 p.m. Friday through midnight Monday, on the city’s roads, though there were three accidents.
“We issued a total of seven arrests and handed out 42 citations,” Lovett said.
There were a few alcohol-related arrests, Lovett said, including one for public intoxication, two for driving under the influence and one for minor in possession. The majority of these arrests were the result of extra police patrols and a DUI checkpoint, adding that the checkpoints also netted one arrest for possession of marijuana.
“These numbers are great – it means a lot of people stayed off the roads and didn’t drink and drive,” Lovett said. “This year was about one third of the volume of incidents we usually see. I think that everyone knows we are out there looking especially on Memorial Day. A lot of folks I think are getting wise to using a designated driver.”
Across the state, Alabama State Troopers responded to three fatal accidents in Jackson, Shelby and Wilcox Counties. None of the individuals involved were using a seat belt.