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Troopers issue 5 times normal ticket number

MONTGOMERY (AP) — The second day of a statewide highway crackdown went like the first, with state troopers writing five times as many tickets as they did on the comparable day last year.

Troopers wrote 5,741 tickets Tuesday, the state Department of Public Safety reported Wednesday.

On the same comparable day last year, Tuesday, Aug. 15, they wrote 1,047.

On Tuesday, troopers issued 2,445 tickets for speeding and 1,057 for seat belt or child restraints violations.

They also made 154 non-traffic arrests, such as for illegal drugs.

On Monday, the first day of the “Take Back Our Highways” program, troopers wrote 5,989 tickets, compared to 1,150 on the same day a year earlier.

The Department of Public Safety launched the five-day crackdown and put an extra 200 troopers on the road because of Alabama’s rising highway death rate.

On Tuesday, troopers responded to 75 accidents on rural roads, with 32 injuries and no deaths.

On the comparable day a year ago, they worked 100 wrecks with 42 injuries and no deaths.

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