Labor Day traffic fatalities down from last year


MONTGOMERY – Alabama State Troopers investigated half as many traffic fatalities during this past Labor Day weekend as during the same period in 2015.

During the holiday travel period, which began at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, and ran through midnight Monday, Sept. 5, Troopers investigated five deaths in Autauga, Calhoun, Houston, Madison and Talladega counties.

Four of the five individuals killed were drivers. Based on preliminary investigation, those four individuals were traveling in vehicles equipped with seat belts, but only one of them was buckled up. The other individual killed was a pedestrian. And of the four-day weekend, Saturday, Sept. 3, was the only day with zero fatalities. In 2015, Troopers investigated 10 traffic deaths (including a Sept. 15, 2015, death that resulted from a Sept. 6, 2015, traffic crash) during that year’s holiday travel period, which also was 96 hours.

Troopers continue to investigate the deadly traffic crashes.

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