From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports
MONTGOMERY – Alabama State Troopers investigated 14 traffic deaths during the five-day Thanksgiving travel period.
The travel period for 2016 began at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 23 and ended at midnight on Nov. 27.
“There is never a good time to report traffic fatalities, particularly when we see an increase,” Secretary of Law Enforcement Stan Stabler said. “During Thanksgiving this year, our Troopers investigated four more traffic deaths than during the same extended holiday weekend in 2015.”
According to ALEA, traffic crashes occurred in Baldwin, Calhoun, Choctaw, Cleburne, Coosa, Cullman, Limestone, Macon, Marshall, Mobile, Monroe, Shelby and Tuscaloosa Counties. Among the recessed were a motorcyclist who was using a helmet and a 12-year-old who was operating an ATV without a helmet. Ten individuals were drivers and two were passengers, and only seven of those killed were wearing seatbelts, according to ALEA.
Stabler also said Troopers investigated 419 traffic crashes, resulting in 204 injuries during the travel period. Two hundred motorists who encountered problems on Alabama’s roadways were assisted during the travel period.
During the 2015 Thanksgiving travel period, Troopers investigated 10 traffic deaths.