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.