Frequently Asked Questions
  • Which state agency has primary responsibility for traffic safety?
    No single agency has general responsibility for all traffic safety functions. See the Gov Agencies tab for a list of the governmental agencies that assume partial responsibility. For starting points, activities involving driver actions other than enforcement would be primarily handled by ADECA, enforcement activities are documented under DPS and the Enforcement tab, and construction and state route roadway improvements are handled by ALDOT and the major safety project are documented under the Infrastructure tab.

  • How can I get the statistical information I need for a news article or report.
    First review the Quick Read Statistics that is found on the home page. There is a link there to the state's annual Crash Facts books. If this does not contain the information that you need, then look under the Data tab. You can get direct access to Alabama and FARS crash data there. Be sure to review the ReadMe file before getting into it.  

  • What is the most critical single traffic safety issue today?
    There is no silver bullet -- no single cure-all for the problems of traffic safety. Instead, if we are going to move ahead we must look toward a comprehensive approach where all traffic safety issues and countermeasures are given fair consideration, and resources are allocated in a balanced way to save as many lives as possible. Most governmental funds for traffic safety have general restraints legislated, but the agencies that utilize these funds still have latitude within those constraints to make specific allocations. For maximum effectiveness, agencies should consider all alternative countermeasures and allocate funds among them in such a way that the maximum safety benefits are obtained. Clearly it is impossible to do everything, and also clear is the fact that some investments will bring much more benefits than others.

  • Why is distracted driving being given so much emphasis?
    The answer is that this is a growing hazard with the increase use of cell phones, texting and other electronic devices. The term "distracted driving" has almost become synonomous with the use of electronic devices, although any distraction can lead to lethal results. Unlike safety belt usage, electronic device use can be very difficult to detect and counter, and the only hope at this point seems to be a general change in our culture where these practices are just not acceptable. At some point there will probably be a routine check in all crashes to see if the causal driver was on a cell phone or texting, as is currently done in fatal crashes. All drivers should be aware of the extreme liability that they face should their intentional use of these devices result in injury or fatal consequences.

  • What is TZD and how is it different from the many past traffic safety programs?
    Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) is a program developed by the FHWA that has a primary objective to be totally inclusive of not only organized traffic safety efforts but to reach out to establish a new culture of safety in our society. One of it major characteristics is the concept that we should not be satisfied until we have eliminated fataliteis from our highways altogether. Until that time, we should continue to innovate new creative approaches as well as expanding those programs that have proven their value in the past.

  • What qualifies a service group to have a page on www.SafeHomeAlabama.gov?
    The group must have a formal organization and charter and that charter must have as its primary goal some aspect of traffic safety within Alabama.

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