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Highway Traffic Safety

The Highway Traffic Safety area of the division administers grant funding to reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities. 

Grants helps fund enforcement campaigns that focus on speed, impaired driving and promote the use of seat belts and proper child restraints.

Funding is also available for State Traffic Safety Information System Improvements for integrated data collection across multiple state agencies.

Alabama residents are able to receive more effective medical care in the event of a crash through the administration of the Yellow Dot Program.

ADECA partners with many entities to promote highway traffic safety around the state. The website www.SafeHomeAlabama.gov compiles data and information from many sources to give an overview of traffic safety in Alabama. A website with information on child passenger safety in Alabama can be found at www.cpsalabama.org.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has posted a "High Visibility Enforcement Toolkit" designed to assist law enforcement agencies, communities and states in implementing and enhancing their enforcement efforts. Click here to access it.

 

The following highway traffic safety programs are funded through ADECA:
Occupant Protection
​State Traffic Safety Information System Improvements
​Impaired Driving Countermeasures
​Highway and Traffic Safety Programs

 

Occupant Protection (Section 405b, MAP-21)

"Click It or Ticket" Campaign

This national seat belt enforcement campaign generally occurs close to Memorial Day. Law enforcement agencies around the country have officers working overtime to remind drivers of safety belt importance. Alabama's seat belt law is a "primary" law, allowing officers to ticket a driver without any other traffic violation taking place. There is also a corresponding media campaign to bring public awareness. For more information on this program, along with statistics and important dates, click here.

 

Statewide "Click It or Ticket" (Surveys, Analysis, Certification and Final Report)

Highway Traffic Safety conducts pre- and post-campaign surveys for seat belt programs and evaluates several types of survey information regarding seat belt and child restraint usage rates as part of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign. The program consists of waves of surveys, enforcement and media blitzes, carefully scheduled to maximize public understanding of restraint use.

 

Child Passenger Safety Training and Coordination

Education and coordination of child safety seat clinics throughout Alabama are performed by the state Child Passenger Safety Coordinator. These training classes are available to the public who are interested in becoming first time technicians and also serve as opportunities for re-certification and renewals for trained technicians. Fitting stations throughout the majority of the state are available to the public. The technicians will ensure the child passenger restraints are installed correctly.

 

State Traffic Safety System Improvements (Section 405c, MAP-21)

Traffic Safety Records Improvement Program

Highway Traffic Safety will continue funding for the development of several projects such as a data entry system for EMS data for use in the field called RESCUE, continuing work on the EMS analysis portal, the SAFETY portal and other analysis portals, completing and deploying MapClick which is the new mapping tool in MOVE, developing CARE cloud datasets and developing a DUI/citation tracking system. These systems improve the state's data collection relating to traffic citations, driver history, statewide traffic analysis, court adjudication and emergency medical services. Eligible applicants include state government agencies.

 

Impaired Driving Countermeasures (Section 405d, MAP-21)

“Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over” Campaign

Each year close to the Labor Day and New Year's holidays, law enforcement agencies around the country participate in this national campaign to curb drunken driving. Highway Traffic Safety also funds a corresponding media campaign.  For more details on the campaign, along with statistics and important dates, click here.

 

Impaired Driving Selective Traffic Enforcement Program

There will be local and statewide Alcohol High Visibility Enforcement projects throughout the year. Each of these projects will focus on alcohol related Hotspot crashes and problem locations that have been identified across the state. By conducting these HVE projects, additional efforts can be focused on the reduction of impaired driving related crashes. The enforcement effort is data driven, which will prevent traffic violations, crashes, and crash fatalities and injuries in locations most at risk. The enforcement program will continuously be evaluated and the necessary adjustments will be made.

 

Highway and Traffic Safety Programs

Highway Safety Grant Program (Section 402, MAP-21)

This grant program (Section 402) is administered on the state level by ADECA and on the federal level by NHTSA and the Federal Highway Administration. The funding is provided for alcohol education, police traffic services, safe community programs and public traffic safety initiatives. Eligible applicants include the Alabama Department of Public Safety and the state's regional highway safety offices.


Community Traffic Safety Program (Section 402, MAP-21)

ADECA currently supports the operations of four regional Community Traffic Safety Program (CTSP) coordinators throughout the state. The major focus of the CTSPs is involved with assuring the effective execution of evidence-based high visibility enforcement efforts by participating law enforcement agencies in the region.  Regional offices also serve as extensions of the state highway safety office and are concerned with the traffic safety issues in their area.

For a map of the CTSP regions, click here​.

 

Yellow Dot Program

The Yellow Dot program is the first program of its kind in the state. It is designed to assist Alabama residents and first responders in the event of an automobile crash or other medical emergency involving the participant’s vehicle. The program can help save lives during the critical “golden hour” by improving communication at a time when accident victims may be unable to communicate for themselves. For more information on the program, participating counties and where to enroll, click here.​

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