At least 11 people were killed in fatal crashes in Alabama over the long Thanksgiving weekend.
Figures from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency show that police investigated just under a dozen fatalities between 12:01 a.m. on the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving Day and midnight on Sunday, December 1.
Other law enforcement agencies may have investigated additional deadly accidents.
The 11 fatal crashes occurred in Hale, Baldwin, Escambia, Cherokee, Madison, St Clair, Morgan, and Wilcox counties.
This compares to seven traffic deaths which were investigated by troopers over the same period in 2018.
Cpl. Jesse Thornton said despite the Thanksgiving statistics, troopers have handled 20 fewer road fatalities this year than for the same period last year.
The agency revealed some information about the individuals who lost their lives. The deceased included two pedestrians and a motorcyclist.
All of the other eight victims – six drivers and two passengers – were traveling in vehicles that had seatbelts. However, only two were confirmed to be wearing seatbelts. Four were not buckled up and it was not known whether two of the individuals were wearing seatbelts or not.
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Alabama Department of Transportation sought to remind road users to be careful. ALDOT advised motorists to make safety a priority since the increased traffic would leave little room for error. They urged everyone traveling in a vehicle to buckle up. Under Alabama law, backseat passengers are also required to wear seatbelts.
ALDOT also announced that there would be limited construction during the busy period at the end of November. This was intended as a safety measure and an effort to make traveling easier. As a result, there were no temporary lane closures on the interstate from noon on Wednesday, November 27 to Sunday, December 1.