From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
The number of traffic fatalities investigated by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency during the 2017 year-end holiday travel period was “significantly lower” than the number a year ago, according to ALEA.
“Alabama State Troopers investigated 23 traffic deaths during the Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday travel period, which was from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, to midnight Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. The total is significantly lower than the total from the same period in 2016, when troopers investigated 31 traffic fatalities,” said the agency in a release.
“The fatal traffic crashes occurred in Autauga, Baldwin, Calhoun, Choctaw, Colbert, Coosa, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dallas, DeKalb, Escambia, Geneva, Limestone, Mobile, Russell, St. Clair, Shelby and Washington counties.
“Those killed were 16 drivers, four passengers, two pedestrians and one bicyclist. Of those who died in these traffic crashes, 20 were traveling in vehicles equipped with seat belts, but 11 of them were not using them. Nothing further on these crashes is available as troopers continue to investigate.”
According to ALEA there were five days during the holiday travel period that no traffic fatalities were reported, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
The total number of fatalities reported for the entirety of 2017 was also down from the 2016 figure.
“Troopers wrapped up 2017 with fewer traffic fatality investigations than the previous year,” said ALEA. “In 2017, troopers investigated 598 traffic deaths, 73 fewer than 2016’s 671 traffic deaths. Still, the motoring public is encouraged to drive responsibly: Buckle up, obey speed limits, avoid driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, and avoid driving when distracted. Do pay attention to the task of driving, and #arrivealivealabama.”