ALEA: 25 die in holiday crashes

Published 1:32 am Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency investigated 25 traffic deaths during the 2015 Christmas-New Year’s Safety Initiative. ALEA reported the total number on Monday.

These 25 deaths only reflect fatalities investigated by ALEA, not by city or county law enforcement. It covers those killed between 12:01 a.m. Dec. 18 to midnight Jan. 1.

The deadly crashes from this 15-day safety initiative occurred in Butler, Chambers, Chilton, Cleburne, Cullman, Elmore, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson, Limestone, Mobile, Morgan, Perry, Pike, Talladega and Tuscaloosa counties.

That total deaths involved 15 drivers, four passengers, five pedestrians and one motorcyclist. Nineteen were in vehicles equipped with seat belts, but only four of them were restrained.

“One fatal crash is bad, but to have 20 fatal crashes resulting in 25 deaths is disturbing, particularly when seat belts were available to 19 of the individuals killed, but only four of them were buckled up,” said Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier.