Alabama highway deaths 2012

Press-Register/Mike Kittrell

Preliminary figures show that 514 people died in state highway accidents investigated by state troopers in 2012.

The numbers were released recently by the Alabama Department of Transportation and the Alabama Department of Public Safety.

State officials said that in 59 percent, or 251 of the statewide fatalities investigated by state troopers, the victims were not wearing seat belts.