Crash activity reports from
the Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS) show the number of people who
died in vehicle crashes where seat belts were available and were not wearing
seat belts increased from last month.
According to preliminary
traffic crash data, there were 57 people killed in vehicle crashes investigated
by state troopers in Alabama in June 2013 compared to 33 in May. Of that
number, 51 were in vehicles where seat belts were available, and 26 victims
were not wearing seat belts, up from 15 in May. That's 10 more deaths.
"As we move into this Fourth
of July travel period, people need to be reminded that using seat belts and
proper child restraints are key factors that help save lives on our highways,"
said Transportation Director John Cooper. "Drivers and passengers should always
be properly restrained whether they are traveling locally or taking a longer
trip, especially during this peak summer travel time."
The latest information from
the DPS shows 248 people have been killed thus far in 2013, a decrease of seven
from the same time period in 2012. However, of the 248 crash victims this year,
210 were in vehicles where seat belts were available, but 124 victims were not
restrained. That's almost half.
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.
DPS 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.
INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Dept. of Public Safety