Troopers-Thanksgiving Holiday

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The Alabama Department of Public Safety predicts eighteen people will die in road accidents during the 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday.

The holiday period begins at 6 p-m Wednesday and ends at midnight Sunday.

Last year, eleven people -- six in rural areas and five in urban areas -- died in traffic accidents over the holiday travel period. Troopers said at least four of the deaths were alcohol related and seven of the fatal crash victims were not using safety belts.

Colonel W-M Coppage, D-P-S Director, said troopers will be looking both for travelers without seat belts and for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Troopers will also conduct driver license checkpoints and speed limit enforcement efforts in selected areas.

Thanksgiving is the heaviest travel period and the longest holiday period of the year.