Grant allows Arab Police to increase patrols over the holidays

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ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) -- While the City of Arab celebrates the holidays police will be working double time to make sure everyone makes it where they need to go safely.

"We'll have several more officers on the roadways looking for DUIs, or drunk drivers, or things of that nature," Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says.

The department got a grant that is funding these extra patrols. "These officers basically come in on their off time, are paid overtime through the ADECA grant, so basically we can put more enforcement on the roadway during the holidays," Assistant Chief Washburn says.

Officers say they'll be out in the major traffic areas for the holidays, overseeing drivers and making sure they're driving safely.

Assistant Chief Washburn says this detail is one they do every year, and it helps. "There's always more traffic during the holidays, and when we can get officers out on the roadway to help us enforce that traffic it's always better."

Officers say enforcing heavily populated roads helps reduce the number of accidents.

These increased patrols will end in January.

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