Preliminary figures show that 514 people died in highway accidents in Alabama in 2012. The numbers were released recently by the Alabama Department of Transportation and the Alabama Department of Public Safety. According to state officials, in 59%, or 251 of the statewide fatalities investigated by State Troopers, the victims were not wearing seatbelts.
Alabama State Troopers investigate traffic wrecks that occur on our state’s rural, state, U.S. and interstate highways. Wrecks in cities are handled by local police and are not included in the preliminary figures. Data from crashes investigated by local law enforcement won’t be compiled until later this year. Therefore, the total number of fatalities, including the percentage not wearing seat belts, is expected to climb even higher.
Source: The Tuscaloosa News
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