Alabama state troopers report fewer holiday traffic deaths

Alabama State Troopers are reporting a reduction in the number of traffic fatalities compared to the 2011 Memorial Day holiday period. State troopers investigated three fatal traffic crashes during the holiday period that started 6 p.m. Friday, May 25 and continued through midnight Monday, May 28.{} That's a reduction compared to the seven traffic fatalities that troopers investigated last year.

The three fatal crashes this past weekend took place in Walker, Madison and Winston counties.{} Preliminary investigations indicate that in two of the three crashes, seat belts were available but were not in use. In the third fatal crash, a motorcyclist was killed.{} Despite, heavier than usual traffic for holiday travel, troopers were not called to investigate any fatal crashes Sunday or Monday.

Statewide statistics for the Memorial Day holiday period were not available Tuesday morning.{} Totals from other law enforcement agencies still are being reported.