"Click It Or Ticket" Campaign Brings Extra Patrols Out For Holiday Weekend


By Catalina Trivino

It's the busiest travel day of the year -- and with all the extra drivers on the road this Memorial Day weekend, you can expect to see more officers, state troopers and deputies on patol. They'll be enforcing the national "Click It or Ticket" traffic safety campaign.

It seems simple -- just buckling up. But not doing that is the reason why 70 percent of drivers die in traffic accidents in Alabama. So state troopers say they're on the watch to make sure you're buckled up and not distracted while driving.

If you're heading out of town this holiday weekend, no worries -- you'll have plenty of company -- about 36 million drivers, according to AAA.

"We have seen a bunch of officers just kind of sitting on the side of the road observing," Said Lauren Kingry, who is traveling to Lake Martin.

There aren't just the extra drivers, but extra law enforcement, too.

"We want to be out there and be visible, visible reminders of highway traffic safety," Said Alabama State Trooper, Sgt. Steve Jarrett.

So visible, officers from 232 agencies in the state will work overtime to enforce the laws. They're watching for drivers abiding by the speed limit. And if your seatbelt isn't buckled, you can expect to get a ticket.

"We want to encourage people to buckle up, always wear their seatbelts, discourage unsafe driving, driving under the influence," Said Jarrett.

Jarrett is also asking you to put your phone down while you're driving. He says texting and driving is climbing towards the top of the list.. When it comes to causes of accidents.

"And if you drive around and just look at the majority of drivers, they're fooling with some type of phone while they're driving that car. So it's become an epidemic," Said Jarrett.

Since Alabama's texting while driving ban was signed into law back in 2012 -- troopers have given more than 400 tickets.

So wherever you go, law enforcemnt is asking you to get there safely and to plan ahead.

"Even at like 8:45 this morning the roads were so crowded on Atlanta Highway, down this main highway righ here and so we ended up taking the interstate back home and it was so crowded before 10 a.m," Said Kingry.

If you don't click it, you will get that ticket -- it'll cost you anywhere between $25 and $50. The tickets get even higher if you're stopped for distracted driving.

State Troopers will be out enfocring the campaign through the end of the month.