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Unrestrained fatalities on Alabama highways rise in October

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Source: Alabama Dept. of Public Safety Source: Alabama Dept. of Public Safety
MONTGOMERY, AL -

Crash activity reports from the Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS) show
the number of victims who died in vehicle crashes where seat belts were available and were not wearing seat belts increased from September.

According to preliminary traffic crash data, there were 53 victims killed in vehicle crashes investigated by Alabama State Troopers in October 2013, up from 42 in September. Of the October number, 44 were in vehicles where seat belts were available, and 28 victims were not wearing seat belts, up from 15 in September.

The latest information from DPS shows 421 victims have been killed thus far in 2013, a decrease of six from the same time period in 2012. However, of the 421 crash victims this year, 347 were in vehicles where seat belts were available, but 206 victims were not restrained. October fatalities include a 2-year-old child who was not properly restrained in an approved child safety seat. To date, four children ages 3 and under have been killed in crashes where they were not properly restrained in an approved child safety seat.

Alabama law requires children younger than age 6 to be properly restrained in a federal motor vehicle safety standards-approved child safety seat. The law also requires front-seat passengers and children between the ages of 6 and 15 to wear seat belts.                

Data from traffic crashes investigated by state troopers indicates 59 percent of all victims killed in 2012 were not wearing seat belts at the time of their deaths.

DPS and ALDOT jointly release to the public each month the number of unrestrained fatalities in crashes investigated by troopers in an effort to improve seat belt use and decrease deaths on Alabama highways.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Dept. of Public Safety

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