Alabama holiday traffic fatalities increase from last year

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — State troopers investigated more traffic fatalities during the recent Christmas and New Year's holiday period than they did a year ago.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says its officer investigated 19 traffic deaths between Dec. 19 and Jan. 2. That's up from 17 during the holiday period a year ago.

The traffic deaths included 15 drivers, two passengers and two pedestrians. The department says only seven of the individuals killed in vehicles were using seat belts. One of the victims included an unrestrained 2-month-old child.

The department says preliminary investigations indicate alcohol was a factor in at least three of the deaths.

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