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ALEA Troopers Report 9 Traffic Fatalities, 3 Drownings During Fourth of July Travel Period

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Montgomery, AL(WDNews) – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) investigated nine traffic fatalities and three drownings during the extended Fourth of July travel period. For the third consecutive year, Alabama reported zero boating-related fatalities.

The travel period, from July 3 to July 7, saw record-breaking numbers of travelers. Fatalities occurred in counties including Calhoun, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Cullman, Escambia, Jackson, Marshall, and Tuscaloosa. Among the deceased were six drivers, one passenger, and two motorcyclists.

“Unfortunately, this holiday period ended in tragedy for 12 individuals and their loved ones, which we extend our deepest condolences. For law enforcement, this number is a stark reminder that our job is never done,” said ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor. “While I commend all of our officers and the state’s first responders who worked tirelessly over the holiday away from their families, I also pledge to the public that our Agency will continue our mission of protecting and serving by conducting high-visibility enforcement details and providing educational opportunities to combat dangerous driving and boating habits and reduce such tragedies.”

ALEA Troopers conducted numerous driver license checkpoints and participated in national campaigns such as Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Operation Dry Water. This led to 206 traffic crashes investigated, 48 DUI arrests, 2,429 speeding citations, and 1,211 seat belt and improper child restraint citations. The Marine Patrol Division investigated 14 boating incidents, made 14 BUI arrests, and performed 671 vessel inspections.

Colonel Jonathan Archer, Director of ALEA’s Department of Public Safety, emphasized safety during summer activities and travel. “With the increase in summer activities and travel, it is imperative that safety remains a top priority for everyone. Please remember to wear your seat belts, put down your phone and other distractions, and never operate a vehicle or boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

ALEA’s Aviation Unit and Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Fire Departments conducted the Rescue Swimmer Detail from July 4 to July 8, performing patrol flights and rescue swimmer deployments.

Beachgoers are reminded to swim with caution and stay informed about local surf and weather conditions, especially with Tropical Depression Beryl affecting the Gulf of Mexico.

Stay tuned for further updates and safety information from ALEA as summer continues.