Alabama Roadways Safer This Thanksgiving Weekend
November 29th, 2011|
November 29, 2011
Alabama roads were a little safer this year over the Thanksgiving holiday than this time last year. ABC 33/40 News reported yesterday that the Alabama Highway Patrol (AHP) only investigated five fatal crashes over the holiday weekend versus the twelve from the year before.
The AHP looked at reports taken from 6:00 PM Wednesday, November 23, to midnight Monday, November 28. During that stretch, investigators were called to five separate accidents that resulted in six deaths. Troopers believe that alcohol may have played a factor in three of the crashes. They also confirmed that five of the six individuals who died were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crashes. The accidents that occurred happened in Mobile, Russell, Etowah, Washington, and Madison Counties.
Troopers say the safer roads are the result of heavier patrols during the holiday season on state highways. The agency said that more troopers monitoring speeding and dangerous driving were out this year versus this time last year.
The state has seen a steady decrease in the number of fatalities in traffic related accidents in recent years. In 2009, only 848 people were killed in traffic accidents, down from 967 the year before, and 1110 in 2007.
The Alabama Auto Accident Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers are encouraged by the data from the holiday season. They would also like to thank Alabama motorists for keeping the roads safe this year and urge drivers to keep up the safe practices.