COFFEE COUNTY, Ala (WDHN) — With the upcoming holiday weekend, Coffee County officials are concerned about traffic and road issues.
Officials told WDHN, several internet mapping services may take some tourists through to rural roads and highways not equipped for such heavy traffic.
State Highway 141 goes through the rural community of Curtis, which is west of Elba. In some cases, these mapping services will send thousands of beach-bound traffic through this section of Coffee County.
Coffee County Commission Chairman, Dean Smith says it creates a dangerous traffic situation not only for those heading to Florida’s Gulf Coast beach destinations along the coast, but also for area residents.
“We’re having a lot of incidents and accidents so I’m asking them to slow down and especially on 141 where we have farm equipment at this time of year and I’ve been told by farmers almost getting their farm equipment run over by people heading to the beach,” said Smith. “So please look out for everyone and pay attention to the beach traffic.”
“I want to remind travelers heading through this county to be extremely careful,” said Coffee County Sheriff, Dave Sutton. “Don’t speed and be careful for a variety of reasons.”
The most heavily traveled route to Florida’s Gulf Coast, through Coffee County, is Highway 167. Sheriff Sutton says there have been horrific accidents along that roadway with people speeding to get to their vacation destination.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is asking the driving public to not drink and drive and wear seatbelts.
Additionally, abide by speed limits and all other traffic rules and regulations.