State troopers responded to 31,990 traffic crashes that resulted in 586 fatalities in 2022, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said.
That’s 19 fewer deaths than in 2021, ALEA said in a written statement. Crashes declined by 2,185 in 2022 from 2021.
In the 12-day holiday travel period at the end of the year, 14 traffic fatalities were reported.
“We would like to thank the motoring public for their diligence and continuous efforts in assisting law enforcement, which enabled ALEA troopers to reduce the number of traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities, ultimately making Alabama roadways safer,” ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor said in a written statement. “However, this extended holiday travel period still reminds us that we need to remain constant in our resolve to create an environment of safety on our state’s roadways.”
Of the 14 holiday fatalities, ALEA confirmed at least nine of those individuals were not wearing seat belts. Four were using their seat belts.
According to the agency, in 2023 it will focus on both education and enforcement as it relates to the use of seat belts. Buckling up is the most effective way to protect a person if there in a crash
Buckling up is the single most effective action one can take to protect themselves in a crash, the agency said.
“Our troopers did a phenomenal job this year actively patrolling and working numerous high-visibility details in order to reduce crashes and save lives,” Colonel Jimmy Helms, director of ALEA’s Department of Public Safety, said in the statement. “However, they were tasked with notifying the loved ones of these 14 individuals following the fatal crashes over the holiday
season. This is one of the most difficult parts of our job and we at ALEA offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones.”