WSFA: Alabamians need to pump the brakes after a national research firm says the state ranks third in the country in relation to speeding-related vehicle fatalities.
The study found that there are 6.52 speeding-related deaths per 100,000 residents in Alabama. In 2016, the state saw 317 such deaths.
The Alabama ranking in this articles was based on 2016 calendar year data, which was an outlier for Alabama. According to Alabama 2017 data, there were 223 speed fatalities, which results in a rate per 100 thousand population of 4.67. This would raise Alabama in the rankings to 9th, and this number is consistent with 2013-2015 data.
Compounding the speeding issue is a major trooper shortage in Alabama. The state has 342 troopers on the road for the entire state.
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