Troopers urge motorists to buckle up this 4th of July


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MONTGOMERY – Alabama State Troopers are encouraging motorists to buckle up this 4th of July.

According to Lt. J.R. Ward II, “In 2017 there were eight traffic deaths in the state of Alabama during the 4th of July holiday period.  In seven of those crashes seat belts were not used.  As of Monday, June 25, 2018, Troopers have investigated 273 traffic deaths.  Of those 273 individuals, 236 of them were traveling in vehicles equipped with seat belts, but only 88 individuals were buckled up at the time of the crash.”

Ward shared, “For this 4th of July we encourage motorists and passengers to buckle up – no matter how short the drive!  Slow down and obey the speed limits.  Focus on driving by putting aside cell phones and other items that may distract you.  If you plan on consuming alcohol pre-plan for a designated driver, call Uber or a cab.  Alabama State Troopers will be aggressively enforcing violations to ensure safe travels.  Have a safe Independence Day! “

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