"Take Back Our Highways" again credited for declining fatalities

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Public Safety finished its fourth annual "Take Back Our Highways" traffic safety campaign Sunday at midnight with another year of declines in fatalities.

The campaign starts each year at the beginning of the Thanksgiving holiday, and officials say it's designed to promote highway traffic safety, reduce crashes and save lives. Each year every available state trooper is taken off administrative duties and assigned to a patrol car.

During the 2010 campaign Troopers investigated 412 traffic crashes involving 185 injuries. There were also six fatalities. Troopers said none of the six victims who were fatally injured was wearing a seat belt. Five of those victims, and five involved alcohol.

The fatalities happened in these counties: Choctaw (two on 11/26/10), Greene (one on 11/26/10), Lee (one on 11/26/10), Shelby (one on 11/26/10), and Mobile (one on 11/24/10).

Troopers made 144 arrests for DUI, issued 3,087 citations for speeding and 793 seat belt/child restraint violations.

As of 11/28/2010, State Troopers have investigated 17 fewer traffic fatalities than for the same period in 2009.

Trooper-worked fatalities have dropped for four consecutive years, decreasing 62 in 2007, 131 in 2008, and 94 in 2009.

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