Even though state troopers wrote an average of 30 speeding tickets per hour during the 78-hour July Fourth weekend, alcohol was the leading killer on Alabama highways.
It was involved in at least six of the state's 10 rural traffic deaths from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday. Final reports were not in Wednesday on two of the other fatalities, said the Alabama Department of Public Safety's spokeswoman, Martha Earnhardt.
Only one of the motorists killed over the Fourth was wearing a seat belt. One motorcyclist and two people riding all-terrain vehicles are included in the 10 fatalities, Earnhardt said.