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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office braces for surge in vacation traffic

MORGAN COUNTY, Alabama – A busy vacation week begins in northern Alabama. Although Thanksgiving is Thursday, the two busiest travel days are expected to be Wednesday and Sunday.

AAA Alabama expects a 13% increase in Thanksgiving travel this week, compared to last year’s figures. Many of those crossing the state will be traveling on our county roads.

Mike Swafford of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office said last year they saw a 15% increase in impaired driving arrests. So this week they are bracing for an increase in drivers and drunk drivers.

“In Morgan County we’ve had a lot of detours just because of the bridge work, so that’s one of the things we’re getting ready for,” Swafford said. “We’re going to have some extra assistants on the road, and that’s just to get to Grandma’s house normally, but then after dark you get into drunk driving and every year, during the holidays there is a slight increase. “

Swafford says two easy ways to travel safely this week is to stay very aware of your surroundings and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.


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