ALEA says 7 traffic deaths, 1 drowning rescue over Memorial Day weekend

ALEA says 7 traffic deaths, 1 drowning rescue over Memorial Day weekend

MONTGOMERY, AL (WTVM) – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has released this year's traffic-related fatality list from the Memorial Day weekend on Tuesday.

In their report, the ALEA states that its troopers investigated seven fatal crashes with seven traffic fatalities when the holiday travel period began on Friday, May 22 at 6 p.m. to Monday, May 25 at midnight.

The numbers are increased from 2014, when there were three traffic-related fatalities. Marine Patrol Troopers also assisted with a drowning Sunday on Lake Jordan in Elmore County.

The crashes included one pedestrian, two motorcycles and an ATV, and they occurred in Talladega, Mobile, Lee, Clay, Russell, Tuscaloosa and Wilcox counties.

The two motorcyclists killed were using helmets, but the ATV operator was not. None of the three individuals killed while traveling in vehicles was using a seat belt.

Alcohol involvement is not available as Troopers continue to investigate the crashes.

"One traffic or boating fatality is one too many," said Col. John E. Richardson, director of the Alabama Law Enforcement's Alabama Department of Public Safety, which comprises Highway Patrol and Marine Patrol. "We urge motorists to use seat belts no matter how short the drive. And it is just as important to ensure everyone on a boat has a life jacket. Please help us make this a safe summer."

While the holiday travel period is over, Troopers will continue to participate in Click It or Ticket, a national safety campaign promoting seat belts.

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