ALEA and ALDOT launch interstate security campaign, including I-85 – Elmore-Autauga News

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) are launching a campaign to promote safety along Alabama’s interstate highways. About 13% of road deaths occurred in Alabama in 2020 along interstate highways.

As part of the campaign, additional ALEA soldiers will be assigned to specific locations along Alabama’s 669 miles of interstate highways, beginning with I-85 through Montgomery, Macon and Lee counties. Soldiers will be more present in these areas to combat a variety of dangerous driving behaviors.

ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor said, “We continue to see far too many accidents along Alabama’s interstate system. Therefore, we are taking deliberate and proactive steps with the assistance of the Alabama Department of Transportation to reduce the number of accidents on our highways.

ALDOT uses innovative pavement engineering and design to help prevent accidents. The department has installed cable barriers along Alabama freeways to prevent midway crossings and head-on collisions.

ALDOT also uses road resurfacing technology that improves surface friction, so drivers have more control over their vehicles and are less likely to hydroplane on wet pavement. ALDOT also performs ongoing repairs to damaged pavement, bridges and cable guardrails and barriers.

Through its Drive Safe Alabama public information campaign, ALDOT draws attention to the great need for road safety, in particular the need to always wear a seatbelt. In 2020, 932 people died on Alabama’s roads. Nearly 60% of these people were not wearing a seat belt. Drive Safe Alabama provides online and educational safe driving information through Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms, as well as television, radio, billboards, and community outreach.

“ALDOT is committed to road safety by designing and maintaining the state’s transportation infrastructure and educating the public on how to stay safe on the road,” said George Conner, Deputy Director of Operations, ALDOT . “Understanding the impact of driver behavior on safety, we strongly support ALEA in its work to enforce road safety laws and draw attention to the role drivers play in making our highways safer. “

“We are absolutely committed to meeting our overall goal of accident reduction so that we see no loss of life on Alabama’s roads,” said Col. Jimmy Helms, director of the ALEA Department of Public Safety. “We are fully committed to addressing safety issues along our routes. The overall goal of this campaign is to ensure that everyone who chooses to travel arrives at their destination safely. ALEA and ALDOT offer specific safety tips to help prevent accidents:

◼ Travel a safe distance from other drivers. Following another vehicle too closely is one of the main contributory factors to accidents.

◼ Move around. By law, motorists must move or reduce their speed when approaching law enforcement or emergency vehicles, including tow trucks. If unsafe to move, the driver should slow to a speed at least 15 miles per hour below the posted speed limit, unless directed otherwise by a law enforcement officer .

◼ Stay alert around large vehicles and tractor-trailers. Those traveling alongside larger vehicles should keep in mind that larger vehicles have limited maneuverability, longer stopping distances, and larger blind spots.

◼ Plan ahead. Adjust travel plans or allow extra time if traveling on busier routes, especially during busier times of the day.

◼ Phone Down/Loop Up. Concentrate on driving, putting away cell phones and other distracting objects. All passengers must wear a seat belt, front seat and rear seats. Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers. Studies show that wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of fatal injuries and moderate to critical injuries by approximately 50%.

◼ Slow down and use caution, especially when crossing work zones. Speed ​​is a major contributing factor in all fatal crashes.

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