Alabama State Troopers investigated eight traffic fatalities over the Independence Day period and in seven of those cases the victim did not wear a seat belt.
The period went 6 p.m. June 30 to midnight July 4.
According to an official report, the eight fatal crashes consisted of a pedestrian killed in Madison County, A 12-year-old passenger killed in St. Clair County, and six drivers killed in Baldwin, Cherokee, Escambia, Marshall, St. Clair and Talladega Counties.
These deaths bring this year’s trooper investigated traffic crash total to 328 as of July 4 which is eight more than the same time period in 2016.
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This year, vehicles were equipped with seat belts for 272 of the individuals killed but only 95 were using them.