Thanksgiving holiday

Alabama’s state troopers say this year’s Thanksgiving holiday was more dangerous on roadways compared to last year.

From 12:01 a.m. Wednesday until Sunday at midnight, troopers investigated 14 traffic deaths compared to 10 deaths during the 2015 Thanksgiving weekend.

Al.com reports those fatal crashes occurred in Baldwin, Calhoun, Choctaw, Cleburne, Coosa, Cullman, Limestone, Macon, Marshall, Mobile, Monroe, Shelby and Tuscaloosa counties.

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Traffic fatalities on Alabama highways increased significantly during the long Thanksgiving holiday period.

Alabama State Troopers report they investigated eight crashes with 11 fatalities. That compared with five deaths during the same holiday period last year.

The fatal crashes occurred in Russell, Madison, Crenshaw, Walker, Autauga, Barbour, Pickens and Talladega counties. Troopers said preliminary investigations indicate alcohol was a factor in at least three deadly crashes, and seven of the 11 victims were not using seat belts.