- Cullman, Alabama

August 22, 2013

Helicopter features Superintendent as passenger to view traffic problems

By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — A Cullman city police helicopter buzzed above many city schools Thursday afternoon with Superintendent of Education Dr. Doreen Griffeth as the passenger.

Flying the helicopter was investigator Matt Dean, and in the passenger seat was Griffeth, who was given a sky-high view of traffic issues many of the schools will face on Thursday each week. Police Chief Kenny Culpepper said Griffeth boarded the helicopter around 2:15 p.m.

“Thursday is the most congested traffic day because Cullman High gets out early at 2:35, and Cullman Primary gets out every day at 2:40, so you see the most traffic problems,” Culpepper said. “Dr. Griffeth was offered an aerial view of the traffic issues and said she would be glad to go.”

Normally, Cullman High School releases students later causing less traffic flow problems, but each Thursday, motorists are seeing more traffic delays because of the common school ending times.

Law enforcement will be continue to work with the schools to find solutions for the rising traffic complications.

%Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.