Advances in traffic safety are often the result of putting into action plans influenced by data and analysis gathered from traffic safety software.


Alabama Strategic Highway Safety Plan

The Alabama SHSP 3rd Edition was developed by the Alabama Department of Transportation (AL DOT) in a cooperative process with local, state, federal, and other public and private stakeholders. The SHSP provides a comprehensive framework for reducing fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads, with the ultimate vision of eradicating the State’s roadway deaths.

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Road Improvement

Alabama cities and the state as a whole are continually making road improvements. Many of these programs are influenced by the Cost-benefit Optimization for Reduction of Roadway Environment Caused Tragedies or CORRECT system.

CORRECT recognizes that location decisions cannot be made without total system considerations. It provides a work-flow model so that a uniform approach toward critical crash location investigation can take place by a number of teams working simultaneously across the system.

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Work Zones

A work zone is an area where roadwork takes place and may involve lane closures, detours and moving equipment. Highway work zones are set up according to the type of road and the work to be done on the road. The work zone can be long or short term and can exist at any time of the year, but most commonly in the summer.

Work zones on U.S. highways have become increasingly dangerous places for both workers and drivers. There are a large number of work zones in place across America, therefore, highway agencies are working on not only improving communication used in work zones, but to change the behavior of drivers so crashes can be prevented.

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Toward Zero Deaths

U.S. traffic safety professionals began the dialogue toward creating a national strategic highway safety plan in 2009 which evolved into Toward Zero Deaths, a national highway safety strategy that has been adopted by more than 40 states.

Achieving zero is not a solitary task; it takes an army of traffic safety professionals from the four E’s – engineering, education, enforcement, emergency services – along with individuals from many other disciplines in the public and private sector to prevent crashes and save lives.

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University Research Centers

Universities across the state conduct research and education and provide technological applications on various aspects of transportation and traffic safety.


Critical Analysis Reporting Environment (CARE)

CARE is a data analysis software package originally designed for problem identification and countermeasure development in traffic safety applications. It uses advanced analytical and statistical techniques to generate valuable information directly form data. Using CARE’s step-by-step on screen menus, it is easy to turn data into enlightening information.

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eCrash is an electronic traffic crash reporting and transmission procedure system. It provides the necessary tools for officers to prepare a crash form including both crash location functionality and crash diagram support. A full suite of administrative tools is available through MOVE to support the needed backend processing of crash forms and the approval and archiving of the crash data.

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The Electronic Citations Generation and Processing System (eCITE) integrates with MOVE and enables officers to:

  • Generate citations quickly
  • Validate the defendant’s identity and view their previous records
  • Upload the citation
  • Electronically “swear" to citations at District courts
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Mobile Officer Virtual Environment (MOVE)

MOVE was developed for officers to use on laptops in their cars, not on a desktop in the office. It was designed to combine the officer’s critical software tools onto one screen and for them to work together seamlessly.

MOVE is a software framework that integrates several software applications and peripherals, including eCite and eCrash.

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Alabama Traffic Records Coordinating Committee (TRCC)

Alabama's Traffic Records Coordinating Committee (TRCC) is charged with the responsibility to coordinate all of the hardware, software and data needed to generate information that impacts either the frequency or the severity of traffic crashes. This involves various state and local agencies engaging with the traffic safety community.

TRCC coordinates activities involving crash records, emergency response and other medical records, traffic citations, roadway characteristics (construction, maintenance, traffic volumes, etc.), driver history, vehicle history and other demographic data.

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Interactive Highway Safety Design Model (IHSDM)/Highway Safety Manual (HSM)

The Interactive Highway Safety Design Model (IHSDM) is a suite of software analysis tools for evaluating safety and operational effects of geometric design decisions on highways. IHSDM results support decision making in the highway design process. Intended users include highway project managers, designers, and traffic and safety reviewers in State and local highway agencies and engineering consulting firms.

The Highway Safety Manual (HSM) introduces a science-based technical approach that takes the guesswork out of safety analysis. The HSM provides tools to conduct quantitative safety analyses, allowing for safety to be quantitatively evaluated alongside other transportation performance measures such as traffic operations, environmental impacts, and construction costs.

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Analysis & Data

The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Data

FARS contains data derived from a census of fatal traffic crashes within the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. To be included in FARS, a crash must involve a motor vehicle traveling on a trafficway customarily open to the public and result in the death of a person (occupant of a vehicle or a non-motorist) within 30 days of the crash.

FARS was designed, and developed by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) division of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 1975 to provide an overall measure of highway safety, identify traffic safety problems, suggest solutions, and provide an objective basis to evaluate the effectiveness of motor vehicle safety standards and highway safety programs.

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Crash Facts Book

Each year Alabama publishes a crash facts book and it is used by the Alabama traffic safety community.

*Disclaimer: Take caution when comparing the data from the 2009 and 2010 books to previous years, due to the transition to the eCrash. See the article within the 2009 Crash Facts Book.

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Gathering to celebrating holidays often involves increased traveling and can pose potential risks.

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CAPS Special Studies

The Center for Advanced Public Safety is an interdisciplinary research center at The University of Alabama dedicated to the implementation and utilization of cutting-edge technologies to enhance public safety and well-being of the citizens of our State, Nation and World. Faculty and staff utilize CAPS software and data to compile special studies regarding traffic safety topics.

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The Department of Public Safety and other various organizations provide traffic safety statistics including drivers' licenses, health, finances, and community data.

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Optimization Studies

These studies focus on information and research about various traffic safety issues for the purpose of identifying public safety issues and informing public safety policies and solutions.

A "Table 1 Study" on the SHA site refers to the highest level analysis of a traffic safety topic.

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Non-traffic Crash Stats

NHTA provides fatality and injury statistics in non-traffic crashes in three-year comparison charts. These statistics note the number of occupants and type of vehicle motion.

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The SAFETY Portal is a public-facing, web-based dashboard that allows users to analyze and visualize Alabama crash data. Data analyzed by SAFETY is generously provided by Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).

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State Data

Access various state agencies associated with traffic safety throughout the United States.

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