Alabama State Troopers worked a total of 18 traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July holiday period running from Friday, June 29th through Sunday, July 8th; the Marine Patrol Division also worked two deaths on Alabama’s waterways. The traffic fatalities occurred in Bullock, Cullman, Franklin, Geneva, Jefferson, Limestone, Lowndes, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Mobile, St. Clair, Talladega and Walker counties. The numbers do not include traffic deaths worked by other law enforcement agencies throughout the state.
The deadliest day was Saturday, June 30th, with five fatalities. Those deaths included four motorcyclists and one motorcycle passenger. The crashes happened in Cullman, Limestone, Marshall and Mobile counties.
In all, those killed were: six drivers, three passengers, three pedestrians, five motorcyclists and one motorcycle passenger. Of those victims five were wearing seat belts and four were not – seat belts not being available in nine of the deaths, which were the motorcyclists and pedestrians.
The two boating fatalities occurred July 4th in Hale County. Richard Glover, 46, of Akron, and Destiny Graben, 23 from Northport, both died after two boats collided about four miles south of the Moundville boat landing. The two were passengers on separate boats when the accident occurred. Neither was wearing a life vest, according to authorities.
This year’s holiday travel period designated by the troopers was longer than last year’s as they counted 10 days and only counted five days in 2017 because of where during the week the holiday fell.