2 children killed in 2 different West Alabama car wrecks Thanksgiving week

Updated: Nov. 24, 2017 at 9:46 PM CST
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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Two children killed in two separate car accidents this week in West Alabama.

Thanksgiving week is known as one of the deadliest times to travel on the road.

Experts said as cliché as it seems, wearing a seatbelt while driving can't be stressed enough, especially during the holiday season, one of the busiest times of year.

In Sumter County, the day before Thanksgiving, Alabama State troopers found a 10-year-old and 61-year-old in a deadly wreck with no seatbelts on.

This was the same case for the 12-year-old killed in the Bibb County car accident, a seat belt wasn't used.

"You see on TV and documentaries and stuff where people weren't wearing their seatbelts and gone through the windshield," said Driver Anna Reeves.

It's scary to think of but it's real life and it's happening all the time in Alabama according to public safety experts.

"You just get in the car and you don't think it will ever happen to me, but we have traffic fatalities almost every single day in Alabama," said Rhonda Stricklin University of Alabama CAPS Associate Director.

And during Thanksgiving week is when the risk of getting into a deadly wreck increases.

College student Anna Reeves is going to Atlanta Friday night and is expecting a bit of unruliness on the road.

"Definitely is a lot of people that is driving faster and cutting people off and just doing dangerous things in general. And there have been accidents between my friends that could've been avoided if they were not looking at the phone and looking at the road," said Reeves.

Distracted driving after speeding is one of the main causes of lives being snatched due to a fatal car accident.

"You know I can get away with this, I got everything under control, but you can't control the drivers around you. Those few seconds if you're fully focused you've got those extra seconds to react and that could be the difference," said Stricklin.

Being alert Stricklin said is necessary to apply that defensive driving.

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