Mobile, AL (WKRG)
The event is meant to kick-off the annual 100 Days of Summer Heat campaign. Heat stands for “Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic.” Law enforcement officers from Alabama and Florida will meet up this morning to promote their efforts to keep traffic accidents, fatalities and DUI arrests down.
It’s probably better to follow a long line of police cars than to be followed by them. This caravan of cop cars started at the Alabama welcome center in Baldwin County this morning then made its way to Florida for a news conference to remind drivers to be safe. This is especially important as they go on vacation.
“Their patience goes by the wayside so as they get closer to their destination, more speeding, of course, texting and driving is a big thing these days, distracting driving, especially texting we see a lot of that,” said ALEA Lt. Joe Piggott. No matter where you’re heading this summer or where you live there will be police officers, state trooper, and others out there on the roads looking for people breaking the law
“I think it’s important to show that even if you’re from Florida or Alabama it’s really important to everyone we keep the motoring public safe,” said ADECA Program Supervisor Lynne Wilman. Lawmen from Mobile To Milton made the trip to show drivers they’ll be out there–for the people who might know these lights well, and for the others who have never heard of some of these cities and counties.
“Huge influx of tourists and we have a lot of activity with transfers and summer changes so a lot of traffic this time of year,” said Lt. Joe Webber with the ECSO Traffic Office.