Troopers, Checkpoints and Your Travel Plans

[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1372910178&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4127648&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1372910178 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – In addition to increased presence on the roadways from state troopers and local law enforcement officers to keep drivers safe, AAA of Alabama is offering free towing to those who’ve had too much to drink.

Troopers will be out in full force July 3rd through July 7th. They are looking for aggressive drivers, speeders and any behavior on the road that could cause a crash.

If you’re traveling through Shelby County, deputies will be out for safety checkpoints.

The first one will be Saturday July 6, 2013, between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. on Cahaba Beach Road near the intersection of U.S. Highway 280.

The second checkpoint will be Sunday July 7th, 2013, between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. on Alabama Highway 119 near the intersection of Shelby County Highway 22.

Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution in these areas. Deputies at the safety checkpoints will be in uniform and their vehicles will be marked patrol cars.

Sheriff Curry says, the July 4th holiday weekend is often the deadliest time of the year to be on the road, with more traffic fatalities and alcohol-related accidents than any other time of the year.

You are urged to drive with caution, give yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going and leave alcohol out of the equation.

“Make arrangements for a designated driver or a place to send the night or maybe put phone number in your pocket with a cab service or the tow for live number on there so you have some options later in the evening.” – Sheriff Curry

The number for Tow for Life is 1-800-AAA-HELP.

Your vehicle has to be operational, you have to be with it and the driver will only take you home.

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