#childsafety | Get to Thanksgiving in one piece: State Troopers offer driver safety advice

Troopers within the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Highway Patrol Division are expecting to see a significant increase in the volume of traffic on Alabama’s roadways this week and will be working diligently to ensure everyone is able to gather around the table with friends and family this year.

“During the 2020 Thanksgiving holiday travel period, ALEA Troopers recorded nearly a 30% decrease in statewide traffic fatalities,” said ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor in a statement. “Our Highway Patrol Division has developed a very specific and deliberate holiday enforcement plan that targets those areas in which historically, we have documented an elevated number of crashes.”

ALEA Troopers will be patrolling roadways, enforcing the law and assisting motorists.

“Well right now we’re starting to see an increase in traffic already, which is expected this time of the year as Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year,” said State Trooper Reginal King. “It’s also an extended travel period starting at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and it’s gonna carry through till Sunday.”

Additional shifts to prevent traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities are made possible with grant funding from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Alabama Department of Transportation.

Keep the following tips in mind when you’re getting on the road:

  • On multi-lane roadways, use the left lane for passing only. Alabama law requires slower traffic to keep to the right and to only use the left lane for passing.
  • Alabama’s seat belt and child restraint law requires all passengers to be buckled up.
  • Do not drink and drive. Make alternate travel plans if you are consuming alcohol.
  • Avoid driving distracted. Distractions include using a phone, talking to passengers or adjusting the radio or navigation system. Alabama law prohibits mobile device use while operating a motor vehicle.
  • Drive defensively.
  • Don’t drive fatigued, and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Monitor weather and road conditions.
  • Stay alert when shopping and driving through crowded parking lots.
  • Move over when approaching emergency or tow vehicles. Alabama’s Move Over Law requires motorists to move over or slow down to 15 mph or less than the posted speed limit if you can’t change lanes.

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