ALEA: 19 fewer traffic fatalities in 2022 than 2021

Troopers investigate 14 traffic deaths during extended 9-day holiday period


MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Over the course of 2022, Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement 
Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division investigated crashes that resulted in 19 fewer lives 
lost on Alabama’s roadways. 

This past year, ALEA Troopers investigated a total of 31,990 traffic crashes, which resulted in 
10,914 injuries and 586 fatalities reported. Crashes declined by 2,185 and injuries were down 
646 in 2022 from the 2021 totals. 

ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor said, “We would like to thank the motoring public for their 
diligence and continuous efforts in assisting law enforcement, which enabled ALEA Troopers to 
reduce the number of traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities, ultimately making Alabama 
roadways safer. However, this extended holiday travel period still reminds us that we need to 
remain constant in our resolve to create an environment of safety on our state’s roadways. 
Unfortunately, this year there were 14 lives tragically lost.” 

The extended holiday travel period spanned over nine days and began at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, 
Dec. 24, and ended at midnight Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. The fatal crashes occurred in Baldwin, 
Chambers, Chilton, Dallas, DeKalb, Elmore, Jefferson, Limestone, Marshall, Monroe and 
Tuscaloosa counties. Of those killed, 11 were drivers, and three were passengers. All were 
traveling in vehicles equipped with seat belts, four individuals were using them, nine were not. In 
one case, it is unknown whether a seat belt was used. 

Colonel Jimmy Helms, Director of ALEA’s Department of Public Safety agreed and said, “Our 
Troopers did a phenomenal job this year actively patrolling and working numerous high- 
visibility details in order to reduce crashes and save lives. However, they were tasked with 
notifying the loved ones of these 14 individuals following the fatal crashes over the holiday 
season. This is one of the most difficult parts of our job and we at ALEA offer our heartfelt 
condolences to the families and loved ones.” 

ALEA would like to remind everyone how important traffic safety is and urge the motoring 
public to begin 2023 with a pledge to make it a top priority at all times of the year. An initiative 
for the Agency over the course of the next year will be to focus on both education and 
enforcement as it relates to the use of seat belts. Regardless if an individual is a driver or passenger, buckling up is the single most effective action one can take to protect themselves in a crash. 

During the holiday season ALEA also promoted its “12 Days of Safety” initiative to reiterate 
traffic safety and encourage safe driving behaviors through a variety of enforcement activities, 
including driver license and equipment check points, to curb such deadly behaviors as driving 
under the influence, driving while distracted, not buckling up, speeding and following too 

Taylor encourages everyone to be familiar with the holiday campaign’s safety tips 
throughout the year, which are still available on the Agency’s website. “We wish everyone a 
happy New Year! With your assistance, we will make it a safe year – aiming toward even lower 
totals at the end of 2023.”