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State Safety Coordinating Committee

Established by an act of the the Alabama Legislature, the mission of the State Safety Coordinating Committee (SSCC) is increased safety, with particular focus on the problem of traffic accidents. This includes crash prevention, crash severity reduction and remedial actions (e.g., emergency medical services). More formally, The mission of the SSCC is to formulate, coordinate, and apply whatever SSCC resources are available to reduce crash frequency and severity (including remedial first responder services) so that there is a maximum reduction in fatalities, severe injuries, fatal and injury crashes, and property damage crashes.

The SSCC recognizes that this mission involves not only its own resources but the influence that it can exert in coordinating and assuring the more effective use of resources of other traffic safety advocates and professionals within the total traffic safety community, both within Alabama and those provided by our federal partners. The SSCC is the primary liaison between the traffic safety community and the Alabama legislature, and its role in this regard is to assure that all available expertise, both within Alabama and Nationally, is brought to bear to assure that the laws passed within Alabama are as effective as possible in accomplishing the SSCC mission.
2017 AL Legislature

The AOHS provided information and general assistance to the legislative staffs that supported the bills listed below for the 2017 legislative session. The following bills are divided into those that passed in the 2017 session and those that did not.

Enacted Bills:

The following bills were enacted during the 2016 session of the Alabama State Legislature:

  • Drivers License Administrative Penalties (HB-29): Under existing law, a driver may obtain a graduated license, including a Stage I-learner's permit, Stage II-regular driver's license with restrictions based on age, and Stage III-unrestricted driver's license. Also under existing law, a violation of the restriction of a Stage II licensee is a traffic violation, but no points may be assessed for the violation. This bill would revise the penalties for a violation of the restrictions on a Stage II license, including revocation of the license and reversion to a Stage I license for a period of six months, would require the driver to revert to a Stage I license for a period of six months, would require the court to assess a fine of $250, plus court costs, and would provide for the assessment of two points. This bill would also provide that a parent, legal guardian, or other adult who knowingly allows a driver with a Stage I or Stage II license to drive a motor vehicle in violation of applicable restrictions is subject to a fine of $500, plus court costs. 
    • Status: Passed on May 17 2017 - 100% progression
    • Action: 2017-05-17 - Delivered to Governor at 10:26 a.m. on May 17, 2017.
  • Silver Star or Bronze Star License Plates (HB-60): Under existing law, a resident veteran who is the recipient of the Silver Star or Bronze Star may receive a distinct permanent motor vehicle license plate under certain conditions if the veteran presents evidence of receipt of the award on the form DD214. Because the form DD214 was not used until after January 1, 1950, this requirement prevents some veterans awarded the Silver Star or Bronze Star from obtaining the distinctive license. 
    • Status: Passed on May 19 2017 - 100% progression
    • Action: 2017-05-19 - Forwarded to Governor at 11:54 a.m. on May 19, 2017.
  • Motor Vehicles - Accidents (HB-214): This bill would authorize the driver of a vehicle to move a motor vehicle involved in an accident from the roadway when no apparent serious physical injury or death has occurred and would authorize employees of the Department of Transportation and the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency to require and assist in moving a disabled vehicle involved in an accident from the roadway on the state highway system. The bill would provide immunity to the departments for actions under the bill.
    • Status: Passed on May 18 2017 - 100% progression
    • Action: 2017-05-18 - Delivered to Governor at 9:35 a.m. on May 18, 2017.
  • (HB-227): Motor vehicles, removal of child or incapacitated person from locked vehicle, immunity under certain conditions
    • Status: Passed on May 2 2017 - 100% progression
    • Action: 2017-05-02 – Enrolled
  • (SB-201): Motor vehicles, nonconsensual towing of, Law Enforcement Agency authorized to regulate, service charge dispute resolution process, adoption of rules, civil penalties
    • Status: Passed on May 16 2017 - 100% progression
    • Action: 2017-05-16 - Assigned Act No. 2017-321.
  • (HB-251): Motor vehicles, license plates, validation decals to include year and month, electronic format for receipts, dealers, issuance of temporary plates, renewals not required to verify vehicle identification number, Secs. 32-6-63, 32-6-65, 32-6-211, 32-7A-17, 40-12-253, 40-12-258, 40-12-260 am'd.
    • Status: Passed on May 2 2017 - 100% progression
    • Action: 2017-05-02 – Enrolled
  • (SJR55): Motor vehicles, self-driving vehicles, Joint Legislative Committee established to study
    • Status: Passed on March 15 2017 - 100% progression
    • Action: 2017-03-15 - Assigned Act No. 2017-128.

Important Traffic Safety Related Legislation that was introduced but did not pass:

The following is a summary of relevant legislative items introduced during the 2017 session. These items may or may not be resubmitted in the next session:

  • Vanity License Plates (SB-19): Under existing law, an active, retired, or honorably discharged member of the U.S. Marine Corps, upon payment of required fees and submission of specified documentation showing proof of service, may receive a distinctive U.S. Marine Corps license plate. Existing law requires submission of a military identification card, leave and earning statement, or DD214 form to show proof of service. This bill would add the certification of military service form NA 13038 to the list of documents that may be submitted to show proof of service for purposes of receiving the distinctive Marine Corps license plate.< 
    • Status: Introduced on February 7 2017 - 25% progression, died in committee
    • Action: 2017-02-07 - Read for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Veterans and Military Affairs

  • Vanity License Plates (HB-22)This bill would provide for the issuance of a distinctive Alabama Retired Law Enforcement Officer license plate. This bill would provide for an annual additional fee of fifty dollars to be collected for each distinctive license plate issued, for the design of the distinctive license plate, and for the distribution of the net proceeds to the Alabama State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and the Alabama Peace Officer's Annuity and Benefit Fund. 
    • Status: Introduced on February 7 2017 - 25% progression, died in committee
    • Action: 2017-02-07 - Read for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security

  • Driver’s License (SB-23): This bill would require the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency to operate a driver's license office in each county of the state which office would be operational during regular business hours a minimum of one day each week. 
    • Status: Engrossed on March 14 2017 - 50% progression, died in chamber
    • Action: 2017-04-13 - Public Safety and Homeland Security first Amendment Offered

 

  • DUI (SB-30): Enforcement Agency determines administratively that a person was driving under the influence and the offender's driving record shows no prior alcohol or drug-related enforcement contacts during the immediately preceding five years, the offender's driving privilege is suspended for 90 days. This bill would provide that the suspension would be stayed if the offender elects to have an approved ignition interlock device installed on his or her designated motor vehicle. 
    • Status: Introduced on February 7 2017 - 25% progression, died in chamber
    • Action: 2017-05-17 - Indefinitely Postponed

  • ALEA Pistol Database (HB-51): This bill would provide for the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) to create a statewide database of persons who have been issued a pistol permit. This bill would authorize the use of the database by law enforcement officers during traffic stops.  This bill would require the sheriff of each county to provide information regarding the pistol permits issued to ALEA. 
    • Status: Introduced on February 7 2017 - 25% progression, died in committee
    • Action: 2017-02-07 - Read for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security

  • Negligent Homicide while Fatigued, (SB-69): Under existing law, a person commits the crime of criminally negligent homicide if he or she causes the death of another person by criminal negligence. Criminally negligent homicide is a Class A misdemeanor unless the person commits the offense while driving a vehicle or vessel while intoxicated. 
    • Status: Introduced on February 7 2017 - 25% progression, died in chamber
    • Action: 2017-05-17 - Indefinitely Postponed

  • Anti Road Rage Act (HB-218): This bill would require a vehicle traveling on an interstate highway to travel in the right lane unless passing another vehicle. This bill would provide exceptions. 
    • Status: Introduced on February 14 2017 - 25% progression, died in chamber
    • Action: 2017-05-17 - Indefinitely Postponed

  • Damage to Roadway Recovery (HB-220): This bill would clarify the definition of damage and further specify under what conditions the state Department of Transportation may recover damages for obstructing, encroaching, or damaging a highway.
    • Status: Introduced on February 14 2017 - 25% progression, died in committee
    • Action: 2017-02-14 - Read for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Judiciary

  • Motor Carries - Required to Use Right Lane (HB-18): Under current law, a motor vehicle traveling at less than the normal speed of traffic is required to travel in the right-hand lane or as close to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway as practicable. This bill would specify that, on interstate highways and U.S. highways, a commercial motor vehicle having three or more axles would be required to travel in the right lanes unless passing or under certain other conditions. 
    • Status: Introduced on February 7 2017 - 25% progression, died in chamber
    • Action: 2017-05-17 - Indefinitely Postponed

  • All-Occupant Seat Belt Law (HB-91): Under existing law, the front seat occupant of a passenger car manufactured in compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Standard No. 208 is required to have a safety belt fastened while the vehicle is in motion. Children under the age of 15 in a motor vehicle are required to wear a seat belt or be protected by another child passenger restraint system. This bill would require each occupant of a passenger motor vehicle to have a safety belt fastened while the vehicle is in motion. 
    • Status: Introduced on February 7 2017 - 25% progression, died in committee
    • Action: 2017-02-07 - Read for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Judiciary

  • Driving Licenses (HB-187): This bill would authorize a person who applies for or renews a driver's license, vessel license, or nondriver identification card to provide emergency contact information to the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency.
    • Status: Introduced on February 14 2017 - 25% progression, died in chamber
    • Action: 2017-05-17 - Indefinitely Postponed
Alabama Senate Keeps Road Money in General Fund, Passes Budget

The Alabama Senate today rejected a proposal to take millions in state road dollars out of the General  Fund, a move that would have forced cuts to state agencies.

The Senate later passed the state budget by a vote of 23-4.


That sends it back to the House, which had passed a slightly different version earlier.


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Recent Legislative Updates
On Wednesday, March 22nd, the Senate passed an amended version of the Vehicular Homicide bill (SB82) and the Senate Committee on Transportation and Energy gave a favorable report to a substitute bill for Sen. Orr's DUI bill.

The original bill had been carried over in an attempt to work out some issues that members raised about the drug levels. During discussions with Senate members, Sen. Orr decided to only push for the 10 year lookback this session. The bill is now waiting to be added to the calendar for the Senate.

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2017 Regular Session - Traffic Safety Interests

Status: First Reading Bills


Vanity License Plates (SB-19): Under existing law, an active, retired, or honorably discharged member of the U.S. Marine Corps, upon payment of required fees and submission of specified documentation showing proof of service, may receive a distinctive U.S. Marine Corps license plate. Existing law requires submission of a military identification card, leave and earning statement, or DD214 form to show proof of service. This bill would add the certification of military service form NA 13038 to the list of documents that may be submitted to show proof of service for purposes of receiving the distinctive Marine Corps license plate.<

Vanity License Plates (HB-22): This bill would provide for the issuance of a distinctive Alabama Retired Law Enforcement Officer license plate. This bill would provide for an annual additional fee of fifty dollars to be collected for each distinctive license plate issued, for the design of the distinctive license plate, and for the distribution of the net proceeds to the Alabama State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and the Alabama Peace Officer's Annuity and Benefit Fund.

Driver’s License (SB-23): This bill would require the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency to operate a driver's license office in each county of the state which office would be operational during regular business hours a minimum of one day each week.

DUI (SB-30): Enforcement Agency determines administratively that a person was driving under the influence and the offender's driving record shows no prior alcohol or drug-related enforcement contacts during the immediately preceding five years, the offender's driving privilege is suspended for 90 days. This bill would provide that the suspension would be stayed if the offender elects to have an approved ignition interlock device installed on his or her designated motor vehicle.

ALEA Pistol Database (HB-51): This bill would provide for the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) to create a statewide database of persons who have been issued a pistol permit. This bill would authorize the use of the database by law enforcement officers during traffic stops.  This bill would require the sheriff of each county to provide information regarding the pistol permits issued to ALEA.

Negligent Homicide while Fatigued, (SB-69): Under existing law, a person commits the crime of criminally negligent homicide if he or she causes the death of another person by criminal negligence. Criminally negligent homicide is aClass A misdemeanor unless the person commits the offense while driving a vehicle or vessel while intoxicated.

Anti Road Rage Act (HB-218): This bill would require a vehicle traveling on an interstate highway to travel in the right lane unless passing another vehicle. This bill would provide exceptions.

Damage to Roadway Recovery (HB-220): This bill would clarify the definition of damage and further specify under what conditions the state Department of Transportation may recover damages for obstructing, encroaching, or damaging a highway.

Status: Pending Action in House


Status: Pending Action in Senate

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