“We will begin increased patrols today and those will continue through midnight Monday,” Pell City Police Lt. Danny Holmes said.
Holmes said the increased patrols are officers participating in Click It or Ticket during the holiday weekend.
“The extra officers will focus on traffic violations including DUI’s, seatbelt violations, insurance, child safety restraints and other violations,” he said. “The officers may conduct checkpoints in various areas throughout the city to check for those traffic violations.”
Holmes said the department receives grants from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to fund overtime for officers who participate in Click It or Ticket.
“Every time we get the grant we utilize it,” he said. “It is typically awarded during high-traffic holidays to help increase safety on the roadways.”
Holmes said the extra officers allow for increased traffic enforcement, because those officers are not answering calls.
“Those officers can assist the patrol officers with calls as needed, but their primary responsibility is traffic enforcement,” he said. “The extra officers greatly increase the number of contacts with individuals violating traffic laws, which will help make the roadways safer for everyone traveling them during the holiday period.”
Holmes said the extra officers almost double the police presence in the city.
“We have found this to be a very effective program and are glad to receive the funding each year,” he said.
Interim Talladega Police Chief Jason Busby said the Talladega Police Department is participating in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
“This campaign is funded through ADECA, the same as Click It or Ticket,” he said. “It focuses on impaired drivers, whether it is alcohol or some other substance that is impairing the driver.”
Busby said the safety campaigns are something the department participates in every year.
“At any particular time, depending on the type of enforcement such as extra patrols or checkpoints, this will double or triple the number of officers on the streets,” he said. “We started the extra patrols Thursday, and will have extra patrols out at varying times through Monday.”
Busby said while the main focus is on impaired drivers, officers will look for other traffic violations as well.
“The focus is to cut down on the number of traffic accidents that occur during holidays,” he said.
Busby said officers participating in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over are not focused on writing extra tickets, but want make the roads safer.
“We want to stop impaired drivers before they cause a traffic accident,” he said. “However, even if drivers are not intoxicated, they can cause traffic accidents by speeding, failing to observe traffic signals and committing other traffic violations. We ask that everyone be cognizant of their driving and drive safely, because there will be more traffic on the roads during the holiday.”
Sylacauga Police Chief Chris Carden said the Sylacauga Police Department has an ongoing effort with ADECA to participate in Click It or Ticket.
“We take part in the program as much as they offer it,” he said.
Carden said officers participating in Click It or Ticket will conduct checkpoints throughout the Labor Day weekend.
“We have been participating in Click It or Ticket for several weeks now and will continue to do so,” he said. “We always have Click It or Ticket going—not just during the holidays.”
Carden said officers will focus on impaired drivers, individuals driving while texting or operating their vehicle unsafely and other traffic violations.
“We encourage anyone out on the roads to have a designated driver, obey all traffic laws and don’t text while driving,” he said. “That way we hope to have a safe and great end-of-the-summer holiday.”