7 killed on Ala. roads over Memorial Day weekend

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama's roadways proved deadly over the Memorial Day weekend. State Troopers responded to a total of 7 fatal automobile accidents during the 78-hour travel period.

Alabama State Trooper Sgt. Steve Jarrett said alcohol was involved in at least 5 of the crashes and 5 of the cases involved victims who were not wearing seatbelts. The other two were not required by law as they were a motorcycle and a bicyclist.

Sgt. Jarrett said the 7 deaths were registered between 6pm Friday and midnight Monday. In 2010, authorities recorded a total of 9 traffic deaths during the same period.

The fatal crashes occurred in Madison, Tuscaloosa, Elmore, Mobile, Talladega, Chambers and Clay counties.

There was a total of 294 traffic crashes over the holiday weekend.

Officers issued 3,403 speeding tickets and 1,706 seat belt violation tickets. There were 89 child restraint violations reported by troopers.

There were 110 arrests made over the weekend for Driving Under the Influence.

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