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Alabama ranks top 5 in the nation for deadly car crashes

Alabama's deadly crash rates are among the worst in the nation.

Local law enforcement says with summer just around the corner they are taking steps to prevent any more deaths.

Residents of every state joke they have the worst drivers in the world. “The carelessness and they're so many people running these red lights," said driver Letha Lanier.

Here in Alabama it's no laughing matter. The state ranks top five in the nation for the most crash deaths, according to a new study.

"I have sat at a stop sign or stop light and there will be maybe two or three cars that go through, and you hear about it all the time, people getting killed so I'm not surprised by it not at all," added Lanier.

The study found that the highest number of deadly wrecks happened on Saturday, followed by Friday and Sunday.

"That's when people are off work and more on the roadway for recreational purposes, so there's a higher volume of people out of the roadways," explained Lt. Michael Johnson with the Huntsville Police Department.

Huntsville police say texting and driving and not wearing a seat belt are to blame for many of these deaths.

"Distracted driving is becoming one of the deadliest ways to lose your life in a traffic accident. We want everybody to put their devices down and pay attention to the road," Johnson said.

This weekend officers will be on the lookout for drivers not obeying the law.

“What we're trying to do this weekend is both education and enforcement action. We're going to do that first of all, with a few safety checkpoints, DUI safety checkpoints, beginning Friday. Click It or Ticket is also going on," Johnson continued.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seat belts saved more than 14,000 lives in 2016 alone.


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