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.
Speeding Plays an Even Bigger Role in Traffic Deaths Than Previously Thought
Governing.com: A new study out of Washington is rarely a cause for celebration, but many traffic safety groups are excited about a forthcoming report that highlights the big role speeding plays in traffic deaths.

The study comes from the National Transportation Safety Board, an agency best known for its investigations of deadly plane crashes and train derailments. The NTSB has also been a force behind safety innovations, like air bags in cars and graduated driver’s licenses for teen drivers.

Researchers have actually underestimated how often speed is a factor in fatal crashes, according to a summary of the report, which will be released in full in coming weeks. That’s significant, considering that speed is already one of the most widely reported causes of deadly crashes. In 2015, for example, it was identified as a factor in roughly as many traffic deaths (9,557) as alcohol (9,306) or people not wearing seat belts (9,874).

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New Highway Safety Campaign Decreases Deaths by Over 50%

In December of 2016, region four of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, convened for a meeting in Atlanta and conceived a special safety campaign to reduce speeding-related deaths. NHTSA region four includes Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida.

According to the Center for Advanced Public Safety, state speeding-related fatalities have gone up in recent years. From 2012-16 speeding-related deaths increased by over 14 percent.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, or ADECA, headed up efforts to end that through Operation Southern Shield, this year.

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Troopers Launch 13-Hour Traffic Blitz in Blount County Following Spate of Deadly Crashes
AL.com: Alabama State Troopers issued more than 100 speeding citations in Blount County Friday during a special operation following a spate of deadly traffic crashes over the past month.

Lawmen carried out a 13-hour traffic enforcement blitz, issuing a total of 158 citations for violations that contribute to crashes that can cause injury or death, said Senior Trooper Chuck Daniel. He said they hope the Blount County operation will help promote safer driving statewide.

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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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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).

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