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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 Regular Session - Traffic Safety Interests

Status: Pre-Filed Bills

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.

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.

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.

DUI (SB-30):  Under existing law, if the Alabama State Law
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.

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.

This bill would delete the requirement that a resident veteran who received the Silver Star or the Bronze Star present proof evidenced on the form DD214 in order to be issued a permanent distinctive license plate.

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: First Reading Bills

2016 Regular Session - Traffic Safety Interests

2015 Regular Session - Traffic Safety Interests

2014 Regular Session - Traffic Safety Interests

2013 Regular Session - Traffic Safety Interests

2012 Regular Session - Traffic Safety Interests

2011 Regular Session - Traffic Safety Interests