AL State Troopers release 2012 holiday travel fatalities

(WTVM) - Alabama State Troopers released new information on the number of crashes during 2012's Christmas and New Year's Day holiday travel period, which began at 12:01 a.m. December 2 and ran through midnight January 2.

During that time Alabama State Troopers investigated 14 fatal crashes in which 14 people were killed.

Officials say only two were wearing seat belts. Two motorcyclists and one pedestrian were among the traffic deaths. There is no word if alcohol was a factor.

State troopers investigated 17 fatal traffic accidents during the same 12-day period in 2011.

In 2011, state troopers investigated 547 deaths on the roadways. In 2012, the number was 514.

As the new year progresses, troopers encourage the public to continue to obey all traffic laws and make safety a priority.

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