AL officials report at least 7 fatalities over July 4th weekend

Alabama troopers investigated at least seven transportation fatalities this July 4th weekend.

Alabama officials are saying that the Fourth of July holiday weekend resulted in at least seven transportation fatalities.

During the travel period, which began at Friday, July 3, and ran through midnight Sunday, July 5, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency investigated four traffic fatalities and three boating fatalities.

“One traffic or boating death is one too many,” Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said. “While the holiday weekend is in the past, the summer is far from over, and we urge everyone to be cautious when driving or boating.”

The weekend’s fatal traffic crashes occurred in Butler, Madison, Pickens and Sumter counties. Three drivers and one pedestrian were killed. One of the three individuals who had access to seat belts was unrestrained.

During the same 72-hour holiday period, Alabama State Troopers assigned to Marine Patrol investigated boating fatalities in Limestone, Lauderdale and Colbert counties. None of the individuals killed was wearing a life jacket.

Alabama Troopers assigned to Highway Patrol and other divisions investigated 10 traffic fatalities in 2014, while Troopers assigned to Marine Patrol investigated one boating fatality.

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