HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- It’s Labor Day weekend, and people are ready to road trip, barbecue, and have an overall good time. The holiday is often seen as the “last party” before the fall season…and while you’re partying, law enforcement nationwide is patrolling.
Here in Huntsville, they’re on high alert for the holiday weekend to keep the city safe, and sober.
“We will be out in force, enforcing all of our traffic laws,” said Lieutenant Jeffrey B. Rice, the Special Services Commander for Huntsville Police. Just this week Huntsville PD issued more than a hundred tickets and arrested 2 people for driving under the influence. This holiday weekend, drivers should expect an even stronger police presence.
“We just want people to be responsible, be safe, and enjoy your holiday weekend,” said Lt. Rice. “We may have some checkpoints or saturation patrols in certain areas.”
With the holiday weekend comes alcohol, and Huntsville Police plan they will do everything they can to keep people from driving while under the influence.
“If you are caught driving while impaired, you will go to jail,” said Lt. Rice.
“We’re going to see drunk drivers, it’s a fact. They’re always going to be out there. No one thinks they will get caught, and that they can get home safely,” said Officer Ronnie Dickey of the Traffic Safety Unity.
In addition to DUIs, police say they are looking for speeding and other behaviors that typically lead to accidents…all in the name of safety.
“We’ve had 9 fatalities this year in Huntsville alone,” said Officer Dickey, “and that’s 9 too many. We’re hoping our presence on the road might help cut down on some of that.”
Labor Day ranks as one of the highest in terms of fatalities due to drunk drivers. Huntsville police officers remind you to drive sober to save not only your life, but the lives of others.