The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

July 9, 2013

Fourth of July holiday sees four traffic deaths statewide

From staff, wire reports

— Athens Police, the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office and Alabama State Troopers reported the tally of arrests and assists made over the Fourth of July holiday.

During the four-day holiday travel period from 12:01 a.m. Thursday, July 4, to midnight Sunday, July 7, troopers investigated 434 traffic crashes resulting in 154 injuries and four deaths, the Department of Public Safety reported Monday.

The fatal crashes occurred in Randolph, Lee, Chilton and Montgomery counties during the holiday travel period. It is unknown at this time whether alcohol was a factor in any of the crashes. Seat belts were available in all four of the vehicles involved in the deadly crashes, but only one of the individuals killed was wearing a seat belt.   

During this year’s July Fourth holiday, troopers across the state issued 2,126 citations for speeding, 607 citations for seat belt and child-restraint violations, 59 DUI arrests and assisted 299 motorists, the DPS said.

Athens, Limestone numbers

Athens Police reported no fatal wrecks, two DUIs, eight citations for speeding, one citation for leaving the scene of an accident, 14 citations for drivers licenses suspended or revoked, nine tag violations, seven driving with no proof of insurance, one improper equipment and 20 motorist assists, Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said.

Limestone County recorded two DUI arrests during the July 4 holiday, according to Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt.