Ala. Troopers Predict 19 Traffic Deaths During 102-Hour Holiday

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama state troopers estimate that 19 people will be killed on Alabama's highways in traffic crashes over the 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday travel period that begins at 6 pm Wednesday. It ends at midnight Sunday, November 26th.

Last year, 19 people died in vehicle crashes throughout the state during the holiday travel period.

According to the Department of Public Safety, ten of the vehicle occupants killed were not wearing safety belts, and alcohol was a
factor in at least three of the fatal crashes.

Public Safety Director Colonel WM Coppage said all available troopers will be on patrol during the holiday.

DPS is again participating in Operation C.A.R.E or Combined Accident Reduction Effort.

The initiative is a joint effect by state patrols throughout the U.S to reduce the incidence of crashes, deaths and injuries during the holiday travel period.

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