Highway Fatalities Down During Blitz

by: Prince, Glover & Hayes Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Officials said they saw a 41 percent drop in highway deaths July 25 through August 1 during a statewide highway blitz.

State officials chose that week because 18 fatalities occurred during the same time frame in 2008.

This year, Alabama state troopers reported 11 fatalities during that time.

Three of last week’s highway deaths were alcohol-related, and six of the nine vehicle occupants were not wearing safety restraints. Two of the victims were motorcyclists.

Fatalities occurred in Lauderdale, Limestone, Baldwin, Choctaw, Dale, Marshall, Calhoun, Colbert, Covington, Lee, and St. Clair counties.

Troopers also made 335 non-traffic arrests and assisted 530 motorists.

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