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Ivey announces grants to encourage Alabamians to obey state highway safety laws

Brandon Moseley

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Tuesday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) announced $3.3 million in grants are being awarded to Auburn University, The University of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Public Health. Funds from the grants will go towards a media campaign to encourage drivers to obey state safety laws and avoid risky behavior to make Alabama highways safer.

Using data compiled by the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety (CAPS) and the state Department of Public Health, Auburn University’s Media Production Group will develop the media campaign. The Alabama Department of Public Health will also conduct a safety campaign geared toward properly securing children in child safety seats.

“No matter your allegiance, having these two flagship universities team up with Public Health creates a winning situation for everyone on our roadways,” Gov. Ivey said. “I am pleased to provide these funds to support these important programs that complement the work our law enforcement officers perform each day to increase safety on Alabama’s roads.”

The University of Alabama’s CAPS, which was awarded about $1.9 million in grant funds, which will be used to continue to develop programs and compile data on crashes, seatbelt use and other statistical information that help the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) and other agencies pinpoint “hot spots” where crashes often occur, leading to stepped up patrols and checkpoints in those areas.

Auburn University was awarded a total of $1.1 million for media campaigns to warn motorists of the dangers of driving while texting and/or impaired and not wearing seatbelts. Much of the campaigns will occur around holidays and heavy traffic periods and will coincide with nationwide traffic-safety campaigns like “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”.

The Alabama Department of Public Health received a $60,000 grant to maintain a database involving the types of injuries suffered by people involved in automobile crashes and their health statuses. The federally required information will be added to a nationwide database. Ivey also announced a $200,000 grant to ADPH so the department can provide a 3-day training course for child-safety-seat certification enabling the department to conduct programs throughout the state to teach motorists the proper techniques for installing child safety seats and fastening children in the seats.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) is administering the grants from funds made available through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the state Traffic Safety Trust Fund.

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“Gov. Ivey and ADECA are committed to making our roads safe and taking dangerous drivers off our highways,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.

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