Alabama State Troopers investigated 237 crashes resulting in 10 deaths and 123 injuries during the Fourth of July travel period, according to the Alabama Department of Public Safety. The travel period is considered by the troopers to be the 78 hours from 6 p.m. Thursday through midnight Sunday. Law enforcement presence was increased during this time.
Troopers issued 1,837 speeding citations, 466 seat belt/child restraint citations and arrested 68 people for driving under the influence. Fatal crashes were investigated by troopers in Coffee, Lowndes, Mobile, Monroe, Perry, St. Clair, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties. The figures include only crashes that troopers actually investigated. Complete figures from local law enforcement agencies statewide could take a few months to compile, according to Sgt. Steve Jarrett, spokesman for the Troopers. Sgt. Jarrett does a tremendous job alerting the driving public in Alabama to matters involving safety issues. He is an asset to the Department.
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