Alabama's 'Take Back Our Highways' Campaign Leads to More Traffic Citations Over Holiday Weekend
MONTGOMERY, Ala. --- As part of Alabama's "Take Back Our Highways" campaign, the state had 200 additional troopers on the road Friday and the greater law enforcement presence led to a dramatic increase in the number of traffic citations issued.
There were 3,009 traffic citations issued, 1,942 of which were categorized as "hazardous" incidents. According to an AP report, 43 of those were for DUI, 1,520 were for speeding, and 32 were for tailgating. In addition, 18 were for improper lane changes and 329 were for seat belt or child restraint violations.
In contrast, Alabama troopers issued just 887 hazardous citations on the Friday after Thanksgiving in 2006. That day, troopers worked 99 rural crashes that resulted in 52 injuries and five deaths.