Bentley awards grant for traffic safety analysis - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Bentley awards grant for traffic safety analysis

Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded a $75,080 grant to the University of Alabama's Center for Advanced Public Safety to provide analysis of traffic safety data.

The funding enables the center, known as CAPS, to gather information collected from law enforcement agencies and telephone surveys to analyze the effectiveness of the "Click It or Ticket" traffic safety campaign that coincides with Memorial Day.

"Evaluating our traffic safety program produces far more than a statistical report," said Bentley. "The analysis will help improve enforcement and other safety measures that save lives and reduce the number of injuries suffered by Alabama motorists."

In addition to analyzing the "Click It or Ticket" campaign, CAPS collects a wide range of traffic safety statistics that are published in the "Alabama Crash Fact Book." The 2010 fact book is available online at http://caps.ua.edu/docs/2010CFBfinal.pdf

The center also is helping develop and implement new technologies for officers to use in the field, including an electronic citation program, called "eCite," and an electronic crash reporting system, "eCrash." These automated systems save time, allow for more detailed reporting, and eliminate data entry errors caused by difficult-to-read handwriting.

            The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. ADECA administers an array of programs in law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, workforce development, water resources and recreation development.

Bentley notified Cynthia Hope, director of sponsored programs at the University of Alabama, that the grant had been approved.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs

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