Police beef up patrol for holiday weekend

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 1, 2011

As with any holiday weekend, law enforcement will be out on extra patrols targeting impaired drivers.

Chief Deputy David Anderson said the Covington County Sheriff’s Office received funding from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) to have increased deputy presence on local highways, byways and county roads.

“The weather is just right for a trip to the beach, and as a result, the roadways will be full,” Anderson said. “And deputies will be out in full force making sure that people arrive to their destination safely. We’ll be doing a saturated patrol of the county where we are targeting speeders, people driving under the influence and seat belt and child safety restraint violations.”

It was announced earlier this month that the county would share in nearly $150,000 in traffic safety funds to pay for the increased patrols.

During last year’s holiday travel period, there were 13 traffic fatalities in Alabama.

Alabama State Troopers, like county deputies, will be targeting aggressive driving on the interstates during this year’s holiday period.