The Memorial Day weekend was a busy one for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) as troopers investigated six traffic fatalities and one boating fatality.

The Marine Patrol Division made 22 boating under the influence (BUI) arrests, a record. They also issued 868 warnings.

On highways, there were 29 driving under the influence (DUI) arrests by troopers and 324 crashes. Of those crashes, six people were killed, including a motorcyclist. The deadly crashes were in Autauga, Calhoun, Covington, Lauderdale, Marshall and Walker Counties.

ALEA secretary Hal Taylor said there were increased patrols and driver license checkpoints. He added that the fatalities prove the need to promote safer driving and boating practices.

“Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives this weekend,” Taylor said. “These tragedies highlight the need for continued enforcement and public education to prevent such incidents in the future.”

The holiday weekend started at 12:01 a.m. on May 24 and ended Monday at midnight.

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