A report from the Alabama Department of Public Safety says more people have died on Alabama’s roadways this year than in the same period last year. The numbers are interesting since there were statewide and national declines in traffic fatalities over the last several years. It was reported that 137 people have been killed in traffic accidents since January, up from 129 at this time last year. There were 528 traffic fatalities investigated by State Troopers in 2010, a decline from 541 in 2009.
According to Trooper spokesman Kevin Cook, factors in the increase of deaths include distracted driving, speeding and drunks following too close. Troopers are implementing data-driven enforcement, which includes Trooper commanders incorporating more driver license checkpoints and patrols in areas more prone to crashes. Hopefully, all of this will result in fewer accidents and fewer deaths.
Source: Associated Press
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