Ala. troopers to launch another traffic blitz

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama state troopers are preparing to launch another statewide traffic blitz.

The week-long initiative starts Wednesday.

Troopers, joined by county and municipal police departments, will focus on impaired drivers.

It part of the Department of Public Safety's "Take Back Our Highways" program.

It would mark the 4th such campaign this year.

Troopers will use nine mobile DUI-testing labs called Batmobiles at various checkpoints.

The crackdown runs through Nov. 26. Public Safety officials said a 5th statewide traffic crackdown will begin Dec. 17 and end on Christmas Eve.

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