Law enforcement efforts will be stepped-up during the holiday season in an effort to prevent car accidents involving Alabama citizens. Troopers will be on high alert during the peak holiday hours of both Christmas and New Year's Eve.
Holidays and weekends are a time when the number of auto accidents spike upward. According to officials, the additional enforcement measures will include extra on-duty troopers, alcohol or sobriety checkpoints, radar speed detection,etc.
Education efforts are also a part of the holiday accident prevention, specifically with regard to alcohol use and wearing seat belts. A full 1/3 of last year's fatal car accidents involved alcohol. Half of those fatalities were not using their seat belt.
Three main areas risks have been targeted with regard to traffic accidents involving serious personal injury:
* Drunk Driving - Don't drink and drive. If the driver in your group plans on drinking, always have a designated driver.
* Sleepy Driving - get plenty of sleep! Drowsy drivers are less able to safely operate a motor vehicle.
* Distracted Driving or Texting while driving - this has become so prevalent that Federal officials are urging a ban on any cell phone use while driving. Distracted driving caused by cell phone use includes texting, emailing or browsing the internet.
As thousands of Alabama drivers will take to the roadway this holiday season, make a special effort to follow the rules of the road and drive defensively. Troopers will be especially vigilant on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.