Alabama Suffers 22 Deaths Over 2019 Holiday Season
MONTGOMERY, AL- Abc3340.com writes that 22 people died in Alabama in 2019 during the Christmas and New Year holiday season. The period ran from December 20, 2019, through January 1, 2020. The deaths include a four-year-old child who died in a crash in Etowah County.*
In addition to the child, one motorcyclist, one pedestrian, ten drivers, and nine passengers all died in traffic accidents. Officers reported that of the twenty people who died in vehicles, only six were using their seatbelts at the time.
When compared to 2018, the number of fatal crashes was similar. During the same time period, 21 people died over the 2018 holiday period.
The holidays often see a rise in fatal crashes. There are more vehicles on the road, and celebrations mean that many people are consuming alcohol. These factors create roadway risks and, in recent years, have prompted many police departments to be fully visible and present during the relevant period. Aside from the holiday period, traffic accidents are common in Alabama. The state experienced an average of one reported accident every 200 seconds in 2017.
Seatbelt use in the state is also in need of improvement. About 60 percent of all those killed in crashes did not use their seatbelts. While most of the state’s automobile accidents happen in cities and urban areas, the deadliest crashes take place in rural regions. In rural areas, speed limits are often higher, which can lead to a greater chance of a crash, and to more severe results in the event of an accident.
The rate of fatal crashes in the state is higher than the average for the country.
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Sources:https://abc3340.com/news/local/alabama-troopers-22-traffic-deaths-during-2019-christmas-new-years-holiday-season and https://drivesafealabama.org/serious-stats/