Extra Alabama troopers on roads for holidays

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama state troopers will be out in force for the long Christmas and New Year's holiday weekends.

Public Safety Director Hugh McCall says holiday safety initiatives include extra patrols and sobriety checkpoints. He says troopers will target violations that often lead to crashes, including speeding, following too close, driver distraction and improper passing.

The 78-hour Christmas travel period runs from 6 p.m. Friday until midnight Monday. The Department of Public Safety recorded five traffic-related deaths during the 2010 Christmas period.

The 78-hour New Year's travel period runs from 6 p.m. Dec. 30 until midnight Jan. 2. There were 14 traffic-related deaths during the same a year ago.

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