The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

December 30, 2013

Law enforcement steps up patrols for New Year’s Eve

— Chances are, you’ve noticed more state troopers on the roads in the last week.

And, that’s not by accident.

The state, along with county and city law enforcement agencies will have extra patrols as well as setting up sobriety checkpoints and radar to monitor speed.

“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,” Col. Hugh B. McCall, director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety, said in a statement.  “It is one of the busiest and most exciting times of the year and that seasonal hustle and bustle is evident on the state’s roadways …”

Troopers also will focus on violations that often contribute to crashes, including speeding, following too closely, driver distraction and improper passing, McCall said.

An increased presence will also mean more troopers will be available to assist motorists and can be reached by cell phone at *HP (*47), he said.

The special enforcement period ends midnight Wednesday.

“We all must make safety a priority - no matter how rushed we feel,” McCall said.