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ALEA Reports Traffic and Boating Statistics for Memorial Day Weekend

Six Traffic Deaths, One Boating Fatality, and Record BUI Arrests

ALABAMA, U.S. (WDNews) – Today, Hal Taylor, Secretary of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), released the traffic and boating statistics for the 2024 Memorial Day weekend. ALEA’s Highway and Marine Patrol Divisions were actively engaged in enforcement and safety operations throughout the entire holiday period.

From 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 24, to midnight on Monday, May 27, ALEA Troopers investigated six traffic deaths. Notably, Sunday, May 26, was the only day without any traffic fatalities. During the other days, four drivers, one passenger, and one motorcyclist lost their lives in crashes across Autauga, Calhoun, Covington, Lauderdale, Marshall, and Walker counties. Among the victims, three of the five individuals in vehicles equipped with seat belts were using them, and the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.

The Marine Patrol Division was also busy, issuing 868 Marine Safety Warnings, conducting 740 vessel inspections, and assisting 53 vessels. They set a new record with 22 Boating Under the Influence (BUI) arrests in one weekend. In addition, the Highway Patrol Division investigated 324 traffic crashes, issued 350 seat belt citations, and made 29 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests.

ALEA’s Aviation Unit, in collaboration with Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Fire Departments, participated in the Rescue Swimmer Detail. They performed 12 patrol flights, responded to six calls for service, and assisted with various incidents, including a boater in distress, a kayak in distress, a capsized jet ski, and three swimmers in distress. On May 25, while on patrol, the crew chief spotted a swimmer in distress and deployed a rescue swimmer to provide assistance.

Overall, ALEA’s diligent efforts during the Memorial Day weekend aimed to enhance safety and reduce accidents on Alabama’s roads and waterways.