Crash activity reports from the Alabama Department of Public Safety show the number of people who died in vehicle crashes where seat belts were available and were not wearing seat belts decreased from last month.
According to preliminary traffic crash data, there were 29 people killed in vehicle crashes investigated by state troopers in Alabama in May 2013 compared to 46 in April. Of that number, 24 were in vehicles where seat belts were available, and 12 victims were not wearing seat belts down from 27 in April. That's 15 less deaths.
"Lowering the number of unrestrained traffic crash deaths is welcome news, especially during the month that has the Memorial Day holiday which kicks off the summer driving season," said Transportation Director John Cooper. "Drivers and passengers should always be properly restrained whether they are traveling locally or taking a longer trip. Using seat belts helps save lives."
The latest information from the Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS) shows 187 people were killed thus far in 2013. Of that number, 155 were in vehicles where seat belts were available and 95 victims were not restrained.
Sgt. Steve Jarrett with the Alabama Department of Public Safety sees too many crashes where seat belts are not in use. "Troopers continue to see lives needlessly lost because the choice was made to not wear a seat belt," said Jarrett.
Preliminary data from crashes
investigated by Alabama State Troopers indicates 59 percent of all traffic
fatalities in 2012 were not wearing seat belts at the time of their deaths.
Crash data from crashes investigated by local law enforcement won't be compiled
until later this year.
and ALDOT jointly release to the public each month the number of unrestrained
fatalities in crashes investigated by troopers in an effort to improve seat belt
use and decrease deaths on Alabama highways.
For additional information, visit www.dot.state.al.us.