Alabama Sees 50% Reduction in Memorial Day Weekend Traffic Deaths
ALABAMA – According to an online news report at al.com, the amount of traffic related fatalities during this past Memorial Day weekend were cut in half when compared to this time last year.*
The number of traffic fatalities during the Memorial Day weekend were half the amount that occurred last year at this time. According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), it released accident statistics from the period that began at 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 24ththrough midnight on Monday, May 27th. These are as follows: five people died during the three day weekend, which compares to ten that occurred at the same time last year. ALEA’s statistics do not include figures examined by other law enforcement agencies.
The deaths that occurred during Memorial Day weekend involved three drivers and two pedestrians. The fatalities occurred in Wilcox, Lee, Lauderdale and Mobile counties, per a corporal of ALEA. Of those who died, three were in vehicles that contained seatbelts however, none of them were wearing them at the time of the accident.
The most recent accident occurred on Monday in the evening where a sixteen year old girl died when the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser that she was operating veered off of the roadway and slammed into an embankment. The teenager died at the scene of the accident. The girl’s passenger, a fourteen year old, was ejected from the car and taken by helicopter to an area hospital for treatment. The accident happened on Lee Road 140 close to Lee Road 144, which is about five miles away from Opelika.
Also during the holiday weekend, a sixty four year old man from Alberta, Alabama died in Wilcox County when the 2013 Nissan Maxima he was operating also veered off of the roadway and hit into a tree. The man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene of the accident as a result of the impact of the crash. This incident happened on Alabama 10, which is eight miles to the west of Camden, Alabama.
Another accident occurred in Lauderdale County where a sixty four year old man was killed on Friday. He was struck by a pickup truck on Lauderdale County Road 139, which is about eight miles away from Florence, Alabama.
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