Fatal vehicle crash numbers up across Alabama

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DOTHAN, AL (WTVY) With so many people hitting the roads for summer vacation, crashes are bound to happen - and many are turning deadly.

According to Alabama State Troopers, so far this year 315 people have been killed on Alabama roads. Of those, 47 deaths have occurred in the month of June alone. The state’s fatal vehicle crash rate has increased by a total of 13 from this time last year. Troopers cite speeding and not using seatbelts as primary causes for these fatal crashes.

"Prepare yourself for that trip that you’re going to make," said Trooper Kevin Cook with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. "With the decrease in gas prices, a lot more people are going to be on the roadway, a lot of people are going to be hitting the highways going to their vacation destinations. My advice is enjoy your trip, relax and slow down."

Over the years, Troopers say they’ve seen an overall increase in traffic violations, wrecks and fatalities during the summer months of June, July and August.

Troopers say advance planning and packing some patience will help you arrive alive to your vacation destination.