Almost two dozen fatalities on Alabama's roadways during holiday period

Jan 4, 2018

   Alabama state troopers investigated nearly two dozen fatal traffic crashes during the long holiday period, fewer deaths than reported a year earlier. Alabama Law Enforcement Agency officials said yesterday they investigated 23 traffic accident-related deaths during the Christmas and New Year's holiday travel period. That period ran from Saturday, December 16 to midnight, Monday, January first. During the same period in 2016, the number was 31 fatalities. Of those that were killed, 16 were drivers, four were passengers, two-pedestrians and one bicyclist. Of the 20 people traveling in vehicles with seat belts, 11 were not using them. The fatal crashes happened in 18 counties. In this area, that included Autauga, Coosa, Crenshaw, Dallas, and Russell counties. Numbers released by troopers do not include deadly crashes worked by city police departments. For the entire year, troopers investigated 598 traffic deaths, 73 fewer than the 671 they reviewed in 2016.