Nine people lost their lives on Alabama roadways during the Thanksgiving travel period. And, based on preliminary investigation, alcohol was a factor in at least one of the deadly crashes. During the 2015 Thanksgiving travel period, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency investigated seven fatal traffic crashes that resulted in the nine deaths.Alabama State Troopers investigated the deadly crashes in Escambia, Geneva, Lauderdale, Limestone, Macon, Mobile and Talladega counties. One of those killed was a motorcyclist wearing a helmet. The other eight people were in vehicles equipped with seat belts, but only two were using their seat belt; usage of the seat belt is unknown for one of those killed.
The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is one of the most heavily traveled times of the year and ran from 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, to midnight Sunday. As in the past, ALEA partnered with local law enforcement across the state to create a highly visible enforcement presence throughout the five-day enforcement period, using funding provided by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.