published Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Extra state troopers, heavy traffic for holiday in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Department of Public Safety says motorists can expect to see extra state troopers on the roads during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

It's part of the national Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. The extra officers will be out from the beginning of the holiday travel period at 6 p.m. Friday through midnight Tuesday, a day after the holiday ends.

Eleven people died in highway accidents during the 2012 Labor Day weekend in Alabama.

The state Department of Transportation reports that holiday travel and football game travel are expected to be heavy. The department says there will be no temporary lane closures on Alabama interstate highways from noon Friday to midnight Monday as a precaution.

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