State troopers working overtime over Labor Day weekend

MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) - Expect to see plenty of state troopers on Alabama roadways during the upcoming Labor Day weekend, which unofficially marks summer's end.

Joining other law enforcement agencies across the state and the nation, all available troopers will be part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign to promote highway safety.

The holiday travel period runs from 6 p.m. Friday through midnight Monday. Troopers, however, will continue their enforcement efforts through midnight Tuesday, thanks to an Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs grant providing money for troopers to work additional shifts and conduct the safety campaign.

In addition to stepping up enforcement during the extended holiday, Col. Hugh B. McCall, director of Public Safety, said his department will be part of the National Passenger Carrier Strike Force, a program from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It is designed to help protect the public from unsafe motor-coach operators.

Through Sept. 9, the Highway Patrol Division's Motor Carrier Safety Unit will conduct passenger carrier driver/vehicle inspections, compliance reviews, safety audits and related enforcement activities.

There is also a free, smart-phone application, SaferBus, which allows users to review a motor-coach company's safety record.

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