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'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign underway in west AL

The 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign kicked off on Monday at Shelton State's C.A. Fredd campus in Tuscaloosa. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC The 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign kicked off on Monday at Shelton State's C.A. Fredd campus in Tuscaloosa. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" is the message behind a campaign in west Alabama to keep everyone safe over the Fourth of July holiday.

Law enforcement in west Alabama want drivers to know they're out and watching the roadways.

Nearly half a dozen police agencies came to Shelton State's C.A. Fredd campus for the kickoff on Monday.

The agencies included Tuscaloosa and Northport Police Departments, the Tuscaloosa and Greene County Sheriff's Departments and Alabama State Troopers.

"Our goal is not to get out and write people tickets," state trooper Curtis Summerville said.

"We want to ensure every motorist is safe for the holiday period. We'll work along with local law enforcement officers, our sheriff's department, our local police departments and we'll be out in full force," he added.

Authorities are able to have more people patrol roads and highways thanks to state grants.

The money enables them to pay officers to work shifts where their only focus will be spotting drunk drivers and others who are breaking traffic laws.

Those officers won't respond to anything else other than traffic-related crimes, which could include doing radar at some locations and DUI check points at others.

Tuscaloosa Police used similar grant money to increase patrols in the weeks before and after Memorial Day.

Officers wrote 382 citations during that span and only one was for driving under the influence, according to Sgt. Brent Blankley.

"Of course we're going to have officers out for just DUI enforcement. They're not going to be tied to the radio," Blankley said.

"So with these kind of grant moneys that we get, it allows officers to just focus on that. They'll be looking for other traffic violations as well and also seatbelts and child passenger safety seats."

Tuscaloosa Police are also responsible for enforcing boating laws on Lake Tuscaloosa. Blankley warns boaters police take boating while drinking just as seriously as drinking and driving.

"Much like the Memorial Day grant focused on 'Click it or Ticket,' we have officers that'll be dedicated just to DUI enforcement. This will not only be in the streets, but it'll also be on the lake," Blankley added.

This is the breakdown of tickets written by Tuscaloosa police the week before and after the Memorial Day holiday. Police worked 14 officers for a total of 132.5 hours during that time.

Overall statistices

Total Citations: 382

Motorist Assist: 3

Misdemeanor Arrest: 5

DUI: 1

Total: 391

 

Violation specifics (citations and warnings)

DUI: 1

Speed: 141

Drivers' License Violations: 16

DAR/DAS: 8

Seatbelt: 67

Insurance Violations: 82

Following Too Close: 4

Failure To Yield(RRL/RSS:) 27

Various Others: 36

 

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