BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The second Spring Break starts, the roads are flooded with drivers, and the chance of accidents increase.
Alabama State Troopers have seen 300 more accidents to date this year compared to last, an increase in driving injuries and 38 more fatalities this year alone. It’s incredibly important to remember the dangers of driving especially during these high travel times.
“It really doesn’t count as a vacation if you don’t make it to your destination, where you’re going or back,” Senior Alabama State Trooper Chuck Daniel said. “It’s a tragedy, and we’ve seen it. We’ve seen it too many times this year, and we really would like for that trend to change.”
For this trend to change many factors that contribute to the increase of accidents with or without injuries and fatalities with have to be in place.
“We really want to get the message out to the motoring public for the state of Alabama, we got to slow down,” Trooper Daniel said.
In addition to slowing down, don’t forget to wear your seat belt, do not tail the driver in front of you, stay off of your phone and do not drive while impaired.