Alabama Highway Safety

Birmingham Attorneys Discuss $1.2 Million in Alabama Highway Safety Grants

by Norris Injury Lawyers | October 13th, 2015

Preventing motor vehicle accidents is a top priority in Alabama. That’s why the Birmingham car accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers are excited to learn that the state will receive more than $1 million in grants to improve highway safety.

Northwest Georgia News reports that the funds will be used to support campaigns to address speeding, drunk driving, and seat belt use. The grants will also provide the money necessary to pay officers overtime during campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket” or sobriety checkpoints.

The funding is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and will be distributed by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

While these campaigns will help raise awareness about safety on the road, preventing accidents starts with choices made behind the wheel. That’s why the Birmingham personal injury attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers encourage you to take these steps towards vehicle safety:

  • Buckle Up– Wearing a seat belt will reduce your chances of injury or death in the event of an accident, so make sure you wear one. Also, wear a seat belt across the shoulder and lap to avoid injuries.
  • Drive Sober- Alcohol is involved in roughly one-third of all fatal Alabama car accidents. That’s why you should never drink and drive. Instead, call a safe and sober ride to get you home.
  • Slow Down- Speeding is another leading cause of serious motor vehicle collisions. Obey posted speed limits along the roads you’re traveling.



New Campaign Aims to Reduce Alabama Car Accident Totals

by Norris Injury Lawyers | August 25th, 2015

There are many factors that can cause a car accident to occur, and many are preventable—such as driving under the influence and being distracted while behind the wheel.

The Alabama car accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers explain these driving behaviors can become more prevalent around certain holidays, including Labor Day weekend. That’s why law enforcement will be ramping up their efforts to promote safety across the state.

According to WHNT 19 News, the “Hands Across The Border” campaign will partner Tennessee and Alabama law enforcement agencies in high visibility patrols. Troopers and officers will be watching for drivers who are speeding, not using their seat belts, and who are operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The campaign launched on Aug. 21 and will continue through Labor Day weekend, which ends on Sept. 7.

Officials say it’s important that law enforcement continue to work to improve highway safety, and there have been an additional 1,500 crashes reported compared to last year.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we’ve seen the devastating results unsafe driving can have on numerous lives. That’s why our Birmingham personal injury attorneys are hopeful the new campaign helps remind drivers to stay safe behind the wheel.

Gov. Bentley Allocates $1.7 Million to Improve Highway Safety

by Norris Injury Lawyers | April 22nd, 2014

Traffic safety is a major concern in Alabama, considering the Department of Public Safety reports that the state saw 848 fatalities and 35,153 injuries associated with motor vehicle collisions in 2009—an increase from the previous year’s total.

In an effort to reduce the number of individuals injured by Alabama Car Accidents, the state has allocated grants to law enforcement to help fund their battles against behaviors like speeding, drunk driving, failing to wear a seat belt, or texting and driving.

According to an article from ABC 33/40 News, Gov. Robert Bentley has marked $1.7 million to improve safety on the state’s roads and highways. The funds will be used to not only purchase new breathalyzer machines to test motorists who are potentially under the influence of alcohol, but also to pay overtime wages for law enforcement officers working overtime during safety campaigns. The latter accounts for roughly $250,000 of the budgeted funds, which was made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Birmingham personal injury lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made to improve highway safety in the state and are hopeful the programs are a success!