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Hartselle Enquirer

Troopers will be out in full force

Alabama state troopers kicked off “Operation Safe Holidays” last week to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities throughout the remainder of 2010 and to help ensure safe holiday travel into the new year, according to Col. F.A. Bingham, acting director of the Department of Public Safety.
Bingham said motorists can expect to see significantly greater numbers of troopers patrolling Alabama’s roadways, with approximately 175 additional troopers and Capitol Police officers bolstering enforcement efforts throughout the intensive safety campaign. DPS is conducting the extended campaign, which runs Dec. 10 through Jan. 2, 2011, in partnership with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Alabama Department of Transportation.
Public Safety is employing an array of enforcement programs and techniques during “Operation Safe Holidays,” including DUI task force details, LIDAR, driver license checkpoints, line patrols, and “flying wheel” motorcycle details targeting high-fatality corridors. Local troop commanders are using electronic crash reporting and citation data to identify “hot spots” statewide, and then formulating enforcement plans that address identified threats to traffic safety.
In 2006, trooper-worked fatalities reached their highest level since 1973.
Beginning with 2007, trooper-worked crashes, injuries and fatalities have declined for four successive years.

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