Beach traffic backs up in county

Published 12:13 am Saturday, May 27, 2017

The beginning of the summer beach season means increased traffic in Covington County. And if Friday was an indication it’s going to be a very busy year.

Early in the day, Florala Police Chief Sonny Bedsole reported his officer had made three unrelated drug traffic stops in just 20 minutes. Hwy. 331, which goes through downtown, is a major beach route.

In River Falls, traffic was also backed up Friday afternoon.

River Falls Police Chief Cody Warren said the town was seeing an increase in traffic because of the Memorial Day holiday.

Councilwoman Brooke Williams posted a video Friday to Facebook showing the long line going miles up Hwy. 55 North.

“We want to remind everyone to pay attention and have fun,” she said.

Warren reminded motorists if you don’t get to your destination safely, there will be no fun.

“It will be a busy weekend for us,” he said. “I have officers who will be out all weekend.

There was an accident in River Falls near Wages Café Friday afternoon.

State Troopers worked the wreck, but no details were available when the Star-News went to press.

Traffic in River Falls follows predictions by the Alabama Department of Transportation.

“With the increased number of vehicles on the road during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, there is no room for risky or aggressive driving,” said Allison Green, Drive Safe Alabama coordinator, ALDOT. “Heavy traffic calls for extra patience and a commitment to focus on the road without distractions of cell phones and other devices.”