Motorcycle fatalities in Alabama:

2005……….62

2006……….105

2007……….85

2008……….100

2009……….76

When asked what traffic tickets were written in connection with those accidents with the 76 motorcycle fatalities in 2009, the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration said, “Unlike many states, Alabama does not issue a large number of citations to drivers involved in crashes.  We do not feel that too much can be concluded from these citation numbers”. 

The GHSA reported that the traffic tickets issued to drivers in Alabama involved in a motorcycle fatality for the year 2009 included:

 No proof of insurance……………………….16

No driver’s license……………………….……2

Driving while suspended………………….….2

Driving under the influence……………….….2

Leaving the scene of an accident……………..2

Improper class or endorsements on license……1

Driving while revoked………………………….1

Improper tag or expired tag……………………1

 That reflects 27 traffic tickets, most relatively minor, written in conjunction with the 76 accidents involving a motorcycle with fatality in 2009. 

For comparison, drivers involved in a crash with a motorcycle fatality in other states faced such consequences:

Reckless homicide

Aggravated DUI

Driving under the influence and causing great bodily harm

Leaving the scene of a crash involving a fatality

DUI manslaughter

Vehicular homicide

Vehicular manslaughter

Homicide by vehicle while under the influence of alcohol

Misdemeanor careless driving causing serious injury or death

Negligent homicide

First degree vehicular homicide

Felony death by motor vehicle

Felony serious injury by vehicle

 

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