Holiday travel statistics released by ADPS

The holiday travelstatistics have been released by the Alabama Department of Public Safety.

According to the ADPS,during the Christmas and New Year's Day holiday travel period that began at12:01 AM Dec. 22 and ran through midnight Jan. 2,{}Alabama State Troopersinvestigated 13 fatal crashes resulting in 14 traffic deaths.

Two motorcyclists andone pedestrian were among these traffic deaths, which occurred in Lamar,Mobile, Walker, Pickens, Etowah,Madison, Marshall, Calhoun, Butler,DeKalb, Monroe, Blount and Chamberscounties. Although seat belts were available for 11 of the 14 individualskilled, only two of the 11 were wearing seat belts. At this time, it is unknownwhether alcohol was a factor in any of the fatal crashes as Alabama StateTroopers continue to investigate.

In 2011, during the same12-day period, Alabama State Troopers investigated 17 traffic fatalities. It isimportant to note that troopers investigated 514 traffic deaths in 2012, 33fewer than in 2011 and 121 fewer than in 2008.

As 2013 progresses,troopers encourage the motorists to obey all traffic laws and make safety apriority.