MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) advises everyone to make safety a priority this New Year’s Eve, especially those planning on driving. They advise people to find a designated driver or arrange a safe form of transportation home well before drinking your first alcoholic beverage that night.
ALEA’s Christmas/New Year’s holiday traffic enforcement period began at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, and will run through midnight Wednesday, Jan. 1. During this time, ALEA has assigned all available troopers to patrol Alabama roadways and bolster enforcement efforts to prevent traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities. The agency is also participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which is designed to curb alcohol and drug-impaired driving.
“Our goal is simply to save lives,” said ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor.
“When so many are traveling at this time of year, safety is key,” said Taylor. Do not drink while under the influence of alcohol or while distracted, obey speed limits, insist everyone in the vehicle buckle up and do not follow too closely.