Alabama highway deaths down during safety campaign

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 5, 2010

MONTGOMERY(AP) — Alabama state troopers say traffic deaths declined significantly during their “Take Back Our Highways” traffic safety campaign that ended on Memorial Day.

State Public Safety Director Christopher Murphy says 16 people died during the campaign from May 22-31. That’s down 11 deaths from the same period last year, when 27 people died on Alabama roads.

The campaign put extra state troopers on the roads as the vacation travel season was beginning. The troopers made more than 24,700 traffic cases during the campaign, including more than 8,200 for speeding and more than 6,900 for seat belt and child restraint violations.