AL troopers seeing large increase in traffic fatalities

By: Dorothy Sherman

PHENIX CITY, AL – On Monday, five people were killed on Highway 80 in Phenix City after an S.U.V. collided with a semi -truck.

The crash is just one of the several Alabama State Troopers have investigated this year.

"Wear your seat belt … don’t drink and drive … obey the speed limit … highway safety is very important," Alabama Trooper Sgt. Steve Jarrett said.

Sgt. Jarrett said also said this year troopers are seeing more traffic fatalities than the last.

"This year alone Alabama State Troopers have investigated 90 more traffic fatalities in this same period last year that’s a huge increase," he said.

Speeding and D.U.I. remain the top two factors contributing in crashes with injuries and death investigated by troopers. 

Not wearing a seat belt is also a big factor in deaths.  Sgt. Jarrett said he’s seen accidents where lives would’ve likely been saved if the victims were wearing seat belts.

As for the horrific accident on Highway 80, Sgt. Jarrett said that crash was so severe that not even a seat belt would’ve saved their lives.

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