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FTA soldiers investigate 8 road deaths and 8 boating accidents during July 4 holiday

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – ALEA Soldiers within the Highway Patrol and Marine Patrol Divisions investigated eight traffic fatalities and eight boating accidents over the July 4, 2022 holiday weekend.

The holiday season ran from 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 1 through midnight Monday, July 4.

Soldiers said the fatalities occurred in CalhounEscambia, Lawrence, Lowndes and Tuscaloosa counties. A motorcyclist and a pedestrian were among the victims. Of the six people traveling in vehicles, two were not using seat belts at the time of their crash, soldiers said. ALEA soldiers also arrested 46 people for driving under the influence (DUI).

ALEA Marine Patrol Division soldiers investigated a total of eight boating accidents, which occurred on Lake Lay, Lake Wilson, Lake Harding, Lake Smith, Lake Guntersville and Lake Martin . The accidents resulted in two minor injuries and no fatalities. ALEA Troopers also arrested nine boaters for BUILDING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (BUI) as part of their annual Operation Dry Water Detail, a nationwide safety campaign designed to detect and remove intoxicated boaters. waterways, as well as to educate the public about the dangers of recreational boating. under the influence of alcohol and drugs, which ran at the same time as ALEA’s 101 Days of Summer Safety.

ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor said: “Forty days ago, our agency launched the ‘101 Days of Summer Safety’ campaign, encompassing a variety of safety measures to ensure roads, waterways and Alabama’s beaches are safe for Alabama citizens as well as visitors throughout the summer.. Using various platforms and partnerships with local first responders, our Agency’s goal, as always , is to emphasize the importance of playing it safe while traveling, boating and enjoying other summer activities.

ALEA also took an extra step in safety measures over the holiday weekend, with ALEA pilots joining authorities in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to provide an emergency response team. to improve the safety of all citizens and visitors to Alabama beaches. During the extended vacation, ALEA Aviation conducted 16 patrol flights, and rescue aviation/swimmer crews identified several swimmers who were not a safe distance from shore and relayed information to rescuers from the beach.

Additionally, Aviation responded to three calls for service, including one to assist a person on a paddleboard that was drifting beyond a safe distance from shore.

Secretary Taylor said, “We are extremely grateful for the continued partnership between our aviation unit and first responders in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Both agencies demonstrated the highest levels of dedication and leadership resulting in the saving of lives through the establishment of the Rapid Response Water Emergency Rescue Team. Our pilots and partners on the ground share one goal: to save lives along the state’s scenic beaches. »

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