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Highway Traffic Safety

The Highway Traffic Safety area of the division administers grant funding focused on behavioral programs 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.

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. 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.


Enforcement Campaigns

Community Traffic Safety Program

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. Any law enforcement agencies interested in participating in the enforcement campaigns can consult with their regional office and determine eligibility.

For a map of the CTSP regions, click here.


Selective Traffic Enforcement Program

There will be local and statewide High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) projects throughout the year. Each of these projects will focus on crashes and problem locations that have been identified across the state. By conducting these HVE details, additional efforts can be focused on the reduction of crashes. Eligibility for law enforcement agencies to participate in this 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.


Impaired Driving Selective Traffic Enforcement Program

There will be local and statewide Impaired Driving High Visibility Enforcement projects throughout the year. Each of these projects will focus on impaired driving 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. Eligibility for law enforcement agencies to participate in this enforcement effort is data driven, which will prevent traffic violations, crashes, and crash fatalities and injuries in locations most at risk.  There is also a corresponding media campaign to bring public awareness. The enforcement program will continuously be evaluated, and the necessary adjustments will be made.


"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.

 

“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.



Child Passenger Safety

Child Passenger Safety Training Classes and Fitting Stations

Education and coordination of child safety seat clinics throughout Alabama are performed by Child Passenger Safety Coordinators throughout the state. These training classes are available to the public who are interested in becoming first time technicians and serve as opportunities for re-certification and renewals for trained technicians. Fitting stations throughout a majority of the state are available to the public. The technicians will ensure the child passenger restraints are installed correctly. Please see https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/injuryprevention/child-restraints.html  for more information on station locations and training opportunities.


Training

Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Training Program

The grant enables the state Office of Prosecution Services to provide local prosecutors and law enforcement with the proper training and technical assistance to obtain convictions in traffic stops and crash-related cases involving impaired drivers. In addition to providing training and expertise for the state’s 42 elected district attorneys, the program is intended to be used to develop strategies and methods to reduce impaired driving. For more information please see https://alabamaduiprosecution.com.


Drug Recognition Expert Training Program

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency coordinates the state’s drug recognition expert program. Officers trained as drug experts can recognize motorists who are under the influence of prescribed medications or illegal drugs. Drug recognition training involves knowing when a motorist is driving under the influence of drugs and learning how to differentiate between drug substances and alcohol. Training also helps officers determine if an erratic motorist who has been stopped or is in a crash is suffering from a mental disorder or a medical condition. The state coordinator also holds SFST and ARIDE training courses. For more information on classes please contact  alabamadui@alea.gov.


Traffic Records

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.


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.


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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