By Megan Miller, Editor
MONTGOMERY – Alabama State Troopers investigated eight traffic deaths during Independence Day weekend, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Marine Patrol troopers reported no boating fatalities.
The travel period began July 1 and ran through midnight on July 4.
The fatal crashes under investigation occurred in Butler, Calhoun, Cherokee, Hale, Jackson, Perry, Pickens and St. Clair Counties. Two vehicle drivers, two passengers, three motorcyclists and one motorcycle passenger were killed. Of the four killed in vehicles equipped with seatbelts, only one was using their seatbelt. All motorcyclists were wearing their helmets.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency partnered with local law enforcement agencies to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities over the holiday weekend. This was also a time for ALEA to participate in safety campaigns like Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Operation Dry Water.
During last year’s travel period, which was one day shorter, Troopers investigated five fatalities on roadways and two boating fatalities.