Memorial Day slow for law enforcement

Published 4:38 pm Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Traffic fatalities across Alabama this Memorial Day weekend were less than half those suffered in 2011.

During the holiday period, which started at 6 p.m. Friday and continued through midnight Monday, state troopers investigated three fatal crashes with three fatalities. That number is down from seven fatalities worked last year.

The three fatal crashes took place Saturday in Madison, Walker and Winston counties. Preliminary investigations indicated that in two of the three accidents, seat belts were not used. The third person killed was a motorcyclist.

Troopers didn’t work any fatal crashes Sunday or Monday. Totals from other law enforcement agencies are still being reported.

A little closer to home, though, Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell said the weekend was quiet here too.

“The weekend was very quiet—nothing eventful,” Stilwell said.

The department made one DUI arrest and one disorderly conduct arrest over the holiday, Stilwell said.