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Cullman Sheriff: Don’t drink and drive, don’t text and drive, slow down

A Cullman County Sheriff’s Office deputy conducts a traffic stop. (Cullman County Sheriff’s Office)

CULLMAN - Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry has a message for local drivers: don’t drink and drive, don’t text and drive, slow down.

According to a press release issued by the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, deputies will be out in force from now through August to help enforce DUI and traffic laws in Cullman County.

“With the school year coming to a close, Sheriff Matt Gentry has directed the use of the School Resource Deputies to help in DUI and traffic law enforcement,” said the release.

The CCSO said it has received complaints from citizens from all around Cullman County about people driving under the influence, speeding, texting and driving, passing on double yellow lines and other dangerous activity. It said another reason for the enhanced patrols is the recent increase in the number of wrecks in the county.

School Resource Deputies will also be patrolling areas that have seen increases in the numbers of thefts and burglaries.

“The summer months are the busiest time of the year in Cullman County.  Smith Lake, and that area of the county, the population will triple, which means a lot more vehicles on the road. The object here is not just to give out tickets, but our intent is to hopefully save lives,” said Gentry. “It’s better to be late somewhere than never get there at all.”

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