State Troopers See Big Decrease in Traffic Fatalities Over Holiday Weekend

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By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Shanaya Daughtrey

TUSCALOOSA, AL- Troopers within the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Highway Patrol Division saw a significant reduction in the overall traffic fatalities during this past Labor Day.

The Highway Patrol Division investigated only three traffic-related fatalities as compared to 10 in 2019, which is a decrease of more than 60%.

Despite experiencing zero boating deaths on Alabama’s waterways, ALEA’s Marine Patrol Division did investigate one non-boating death — a drowning.

“Saving lives is our agency’s commitment. The reduction in fatalities and deaths this year is a tremendous accomplishment, however, without the help of our citizens on both the highways and waterways none of it would have been possible,” ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor said.

The loss of life is never an easy thing to deal with, especially on a day of celebration.

“Our goal is to be able to celebrate a holiday weekend without any loss of life. It is our mission to ensure that everyone makes it home alive and well,” said Taylor.

The fatal traffic crashes occurred in Colbert, Franklin and Tuscaloosa counties.

All three accidents involved vehicles in which the drivers were not wearing seat belts.

Troopers in ALEA’s Highway Patrol Division issued 54 DUI’s during the extended holiday weekend while participating in the national traffic safety campaign Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Troopers with the agency’s Marine Patrol Division investigated one non-boating death that occurred on Lake Wedowee in Randolph County.

A second drowning that occurred at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County was also investigated by local law enforcement partners.

During the same four-day holiday period, which ran from 12:01 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, to midnight, Sept. 7, seven BUI’s were issued by troopers.

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