DPD stepping up patrols during May

By Dale Liesch | Dadeville Record
Originally published 09:42 p.m., April 29, 2009
Updated 09:42 p.m., April 29, 2009
The Dadeville Police Department plans to increase enforcement through the entire month of May in an effort to keep drivers safe during the first big travel day of the year.
DPD Sgt. Dallas Ledbetter said with the help of an Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs grant, which pays for officers’ overtime, the department will be participating in the Click it or Ticket safety blitz campaign.
“We will have additional officers on the road to check for seat belt violations, proper child restraints, plus any and all traffic violations,” Ledbetter said. “We will have driver license checkpoints set up at various parts of the city during various points during the day and night.”
The blitz is meant to help keep drivers safe by increasing awareness to traffic issues, according to Ledbetter.
“We want to keep people safe and reduce the number of accidents on the roadways,” Ledbetter said. “We are hoping to increase safety awareness in drivers.”
Ledbetter said the May blitz is designed to cause drivers to pay more attention to the roadway during the busy holiday.
“Anytime you have more traffic on the highway you are more likely to be involved in an accident and the biggest cause is drivers don’t pay enough attention,” Ledbetter said. “If you think you might get a ticket your going to take extra time and use additional caution.”
Since the ADECA grant started in 2001, crash trend data has decreased every year for Calhoun, Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega and Tallapoosa Counties except in 2002 when there was a half-percent increase.
“The trends have gone down because of the increased enforcement capabilities due to the grant,” Ledbetter said.
DPD will be stepping up enforcement between May 18 and May 31.