Troopers Seek Motorists’ Support to Prevent Thanksgiving Weekend Traffic Crashes


It’s not uncommon for motorists to travel hundreds of miles to enjoy Thanksgiving. But celebrating the holiday is the last thing anybody wants to do if they or those they love are involved in a traffic crash en route.

Secretary of Law Enforcement Stan Stabler said Alabama State Troopers investigated 10 traffic fatalities during the five-day Thanksgiving weekend of 2015.

“What should have been a festive occasion was marred by tragedy on Alabama’s roadways,” he said. “Please, motorists, support the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) and our law enforcement partners from across the state to ensure everyone buckles up, obeys speed limits and avoids driving under the influence or while distracted. We want everyone to be safe and enjoy the long weekend.”

The holiday travel period for this Thanksgiving is from 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, to midnight Sunday, Nov. 27. During that time, all of ALEA’s available Troopers will work additional shifts to create a highly visible enforcement presence thanks to grant funding from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT). In addition, Troopers will work hand in hand with local law enforcement agencies to bolster patrol/enforcement activities and to assist stranded motorists. (Call *HP or 911 on your cell phone for assistance while traveling through Alabama.)

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