Car and Boat Crashes Leave Eight Dead in Alabama
ALABAMA- The gadsdentimes.com writes that eight people lost their lives in a boating accident in Alabama. The incidents included both vehicle accidents as well as boating incidents.*
The period of time included ran from Friday through Sunday. In three days, two people drowned, and six were killed in car crashes.
Police in the state stressed that one fatality is too many and that alcohol is a major threat to road and water safety, especially over holiday weekends.
One of the fatal water-related incidents took place on Lake Martin, and the other occurred on the Logan Martin Dam. In addition to the two fatal accidents, officers made six boating under the influence arrests over the holiday weekend.
Police pointed out that of the fix people killed in traffic accidents, five had access to seatbelts. Only one of the victims was using restraints at the time, though.
One of the victims was riding an ATV on a paved roadway and was involved in a deadly wreck.
Officials were also targeting drunk drivers over the weekend, and 38 motorists were arrested for driving under the influence.
A recent study found that Alabama ranks poorly when it comes to road safety. Drivers in Alabama were determined to be the eighth-worst in the nation. In creating their rankings, researchers looked at five separate categories, including per capita fatalities, adherence to traffic safety laws, speed-related crashes, careless driving instances, and drunk driving-related deaths.
While the state came in 31st place in terms of speeding drivers, that was its best score out of all five categories. Careless driving was the worst category and seemed to be the area in which Alabama drivers are in need of the most improvements.
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