(WTVM) - To combat a shortage of Alabama State Troopers, several agencies will serve under the same umbrella as troopers starting Jan. 1, 2015.
Alabama Marine Police and agents from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will be conducting traffic stops and arrests during the Christmas holidays and beyond.
The new consolidation is expected to have an impact on drivers right away.
"We're making an effort to get out and be more visible, to get out and have more man power on the road to assist the public," said trooper Curtis Summerville. "This is certainly a benefit for the public because there are more of us out there. Again, this helps the public in terms of our response time and in terms of what we can do for them."
A recent study found the state needs about 900 troopers on the road, but only about 300 are on the payroll.
There were about 400 state officers on the roads during the Thanksgiving holiday, and Alabama troopers expect to have similar numbers over Christmas.