Alabama Troopers Kick Off Week-long Traffic Blitz

November 19, 2008

Alabama State Trooper will kickoff a 24 hour a day, week-long traffic blitz today to focus on impaired drivers.
It is the fourth statewide Take Back Our Highways campaign that will see sheriff’s and police departments joining troopers in the crackdown. Troopers will use nine recently acquired BAT-mobiles at DUI checkpoints statewide during the holiday enforcement period. Equipped with breath alcohol testing equipment, the trucks allow for on-scene processing of impaired drivers and also serve as temporary holding facilities.
“Troopers care about your safety. They will be working to ensure this holiday season is a joyous time unmarred by the tragic consequences of an alcohol-related crash,” said Col. J. Christopher Murphy, director of the Department of Public Safety. He said every available trooper, including many whose normal duties don?t include road patrol, will join with local law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunken driving through stepped-up sobriety patrols and checkpoints. ”
Murphy said the primary goal of troopers is to prevent crashes and save lives. He stated that trooper-reported traffic fatalities were down by about 100 from the same period last year, and troopers are committed to further reducing fatality totals through the holiday safety campaigns.