Unifying Alabama's Traffic Safety Efforts
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Selective Enforcement

Alabama has a number of ongoing selective enforcement campaigns. Many of these campaigns are targeting the primary causes of accidents in the state--alcohol and drugs. More recent selective enforcement campaigns have targeted aggressive driving around commercial vehicles in the Alabama Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) program and safety restraints in campaigns such as Click it or Ticket.
NHTSA #SlowDown
The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a new web site inviting you to join the global campaign to #SlowDown and save lives.

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Drunk Driving and Speeding Cost More than Citations
WSFA:The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency stopped a teenager in Pike Road for driving well over 100 mph on Wednesday night.

Officers from the department said they later discovered the driver had been drinking, and they said this is one of many cases where drinking and speeding have yielded serious consequences.

Cpl. Jesse Thornton said 40 percent of the accidents they respond to involve drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.



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Traffic Safety Facts 2014 Data: Speeding
There were 32,675 traffic fatalities in 2014, among them 9,262 (28%) in speeding-related crashes.

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Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety initiative

Over the past few years, increased publicity and marketing has sparked a national conversation among members of the law enforcement profes- sion about the Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) initiative. DDACTS is being promoted as a tool to improve data applications, reduce needed resources and simultaneously drive down crime and crashes. 

DDACTS is a law enforcement operational model that integrates location-based crime and traffic crash data to establish effective and efficient methods for deploying law enforcement and other partner resources. By using geo-mapping, an agency identifies locations with high incidences of both crime and crashes and deploys targeted traffic enforcement strategies to those hot spots.

DDACTS is led by a national partnership co-sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and National Institutes of Justice (NIJ). NHTSA, its federal partners and many additional national organizations provide technical assistance and other resources to states and localities interested in adopting the DDACTS model. 

If you are interested in learning more about DDACTS and participating in a workshop near you, please contact your SHSO (www.ghsa.org/html/about/ shsos.html) or the NHTSA regional office covering your state (www.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/ whatis/regions).

For general information about DDACTS, the growing communi- ty of active sites, and the national partnership, visit DDACTS on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, or write to ddacts@dot.gov

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DDACTS: Traffic Safety by the Numbers, Early Successes in Region 2, click here

MORE ALEA STATE TROOPERS PATROLLING ALABAMA HIGHWAYS

[Montgomery, Ala.]  The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) today, Feb. 5, welcomed its newest members today as 21 Troopers graduated from ALEA’s Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center in Selma.

 

“We are very proud of ALEA State Trooper Class 2014-A,” said Col. John E. Richardson, who commands the ALEA State Troopers.  “This is the first Trooper class to graduate since 2010.”

 

State Troopers have been understaffed for a number of years.  In 2014, there were 289 Troopers assigned to Highway Patrol, which is significantly less than the 871 recommended in a recent study by the University of Alabama.  Spencer Collier serves as Alabama's Secretary of Law Enforcement and chief executive of ALEA, which encompasses the State Troopers and the State Bureau of Investigations. The Secretary said, “With the addition of the 21 graduates of Class 2014-A and the consolidation and reorganization, ALEA was able to reallocate personnel and establish law enforcement priorities through a singular state police command structure resulting in 419 Troopers that now are patrolling Alabama highways.” 

Traffic Safety Facts - Speeding
NHTSA considers a crash to be speeding-related if the driver was charged witha speeding-related offense or if an officer indicated that racing, driving too fast for conditions, or exceeding the posted speed limit was a contributing factor in the crash.Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes and at a tremendous cost. NHTSA estimates that the annual economic cost to society of speeding-related crashes is $40.4 billion. In 2012, speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes, and 10,219 lives were lost in speeding related crashes. READ MORE