Holiday Summary: 9 Road Deaths, 3 Drownings During July 4th Travel Period
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Holiday Summary: 9 Road Deaths, 3 Drownings During July 4th Travel Period

Holiday Summary: 9 Road Deaths, 3 Drownings During July 4th Travel Period

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency investigated 12 deaths during the five-day July 4 holiday period.

There were nine total traffic fatalities, three drownings, and zero boating fatalities. This is the third consecutive year that there have been no boating fatalities on Alabama waterways during the holiday season.

The official July 4 travel period was from 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, to midnight on Sunday, July 7.

In Alabama, fatal traffic crashes occurred in Calhoun, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Cullman, Escambia, Jackson, Marshall and Tuscaloosa counties.

Of those killed, six were drivers, one was a passenger, and two were motorcyclists. Both motorcyclists were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. Only one of the seven people killed in vehicles equipped with seat belts was wearing them at the time of the crash.

The drownings occurred at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County, Wheeler Lake in Morgan County and Palmetto Creek in Baldwin County.

“Sadly, this holiday season ended in tragedy for 12 individuals and their loved ones, to whom we extend our deepest condolences,” said ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor. “To law enforcement, this number is a stark reminder that our work is never done. While I commend all of our state troopers and first responders who worked tirelessly during the holiday season away from their families, I also promise the public that our agency will continue its mission to protect and serve by conducting high-visibility enforcement and providing educational opportunities to combat unsafe driving and boating habits and reduce these tragedies.”

Also during the holiday season, ALEA soldiers:

  • 206 road accidents were investigated
  • There were 48 arrests for drink driving.
  • 2,429 speeding tickets issued
  • 1,211 tickets were issued for not wearing seat belts or using inappropriate child seats
  • 14 boat incidents investigated
  • 14 arrests made for drunk driving
  • 206 tickets were issued for violating maritime safety regulations
  • 852 maritime safety warnings issued
  • 671 ship inspections were carried out
  • Patrolled 36 marine-related events across the state

“I second Secretary Taylor’s comments: our work is never done,” said ALEA Public Safety Director Col. Jonathan Archer. “As summer activities and travel increase, it is imperative that safety remains everyone’s top priority. Remember to wear your seat belt, put away your phone and other distractions, and never operate a vehicle or boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

Additionally, ALEA’s aviation unit, in cooperation with the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Fire Departments, participated in a swimmer rescue from Thursday, July 4 through Monday, July 8. During that time, the aviation unit:

  • 12 patrol flights were carried out
  • Four falls requiring intervention were responded to
  • 10 exercises were carried out with the use of water rescuers

The agency also reminds beachgoers that the threat of strong rip currents along the Gulf of Mexico remains high, even in Alabama. Please use caution when swimming and check local weather and surf conditions.

Beachgoers visiting Orange Beach and Gulf Shores can sign up for daily updates on beach conditions and warning flag status by texting “ALBEACHES” to 888777.