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Center for Advanced Public Safety

The Center for Advanced Public Safety (CAPS) is an applied research center focused on the integration of technology into real-world problems that impact public safety and well-being. CAPS develops new technology for police officers, emergency medical units, and for government business units that support criminal justice, transportation, human services, vehicle tax registration, and collection and a host of related services.   With the provision of cutting edge technology that impacts lives in so many different ways, we engage in engineering and applied social/behavioral science research made possible by technology-produced substrate data.  To support this applied research, we also maintain a strong basic research stream in data analytics and the computing technology needed to support big data in society.

In The News: Weather warning experts say many people don’t know their location

Dr. Laura Myers with the University of Alabama has many years of researching the weather warning communication process. Dr. Myers is the director of the Center for Advanced Public Safety at UA. Myers said her studies show that many people are not aware of where they live on the map.… Read more

Sources: CBS 42

In The News: Is Mobile ready for electric scooters? Trendy devices bring safety and regulatory worries

In Alabama, there have been only 11 incidences of scooter crashes in the past five years, according to data compiled by the Center for Advanced Public Safety (CAPS) at the University of Alabama. Of those 11 crashes, nine of them occurred to youths who were under the age of 18.… Read more

Sources: Al.com

In The News: 20 Experts Predict The Most Significant Weather And Climate Advances Of The Next Decade

We seem to be at the edge of a transition from an idea about humans dominating nature and controlling the natural world to the notion that human life is dependent on a holistic understanding of the natural world. I think the weather and climate enterprise will make breakthroughs in ways… Read more

Sources: Forbes, Head Topics

In The News: Thanksgiving, Christmas have different causes for car crashes

The results of a University of Alabama study on crashes during the holidays is out, specifically looking at the difference between crashes around Christmas and new year’s, compared to thanksgiving. The center of advanced public safety compiled crash information from around the state over the past 15 years. The number… Read more

Sources: NBC (Montgomery), ABC (Meridian, Miss.), Fox 6, WAFF 48

In The News: Thanksgiving, Christmas Have Different Causes for Car Crashes

Holidays are soon approaching, and traffic is always heavy as people travel to and from their destinations. The Center for Advanced Public Safety are tracking data to really target where wrecks are more common. Read more

Sources: WVUA, Tuscaloosa News, NBC 13 - Nov. 25, NBC 13 - Nov. 26, NBC 13 – Nov. 30, NBC (Huntsville), ABC 33/40, CBS (Dothan), Fox 6

In The News: MHP unveils new electronic crash reporting system

The Mississippi Highway Patrol on Wednesday unveiled a new system designed to be more efficient when troopers write reports on crashes across the state. The new system is called eCrash. It allows troopers to fill out crash reports electronically. Once completed, the report is immediately submitted to a central database… Read more

Sources: WJTV, Simpson County

In The News: The ridesharing impact on drunk driving

Uber and Lyft driving have become popular side hustles for people around the world. But for one driver the ride sharing services are more than just a full-time gig. “Oh my goodness, it has been awesome, I have loved it. It’s made my life so much happier,” Leigh Ann Browne… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 on 10/31, Fox 6 on 11/3, NBC (Montgomery), Fox (Dothan)

In The News: UA Part of Tornado Research Project in Alabama

A group of University of Alabama students will soon visit and spend time with some homeowners to better understand how they find out when severe weather is happening and how those families react to it. Read more

Sources: Fox 6, ABC 33/40 on 10/7, NBC (Huntsville), NBC (Montgomery), WERC-FM, WVUA on 10/9, NBC 13, ABC 33/40 on 10/9, WVTM-13 on 10/10, WVUA on 10/12, WVTM 13 (Birmingham) on 10/12 , ABC/NBC (Mississippi and West Alabama), The News Courier, NBC (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Times Daily, The Eagle, ABC (Huntsville), ABC 33/40 on 10/14, NBC (Columbus, Miss.), Insurance Journal, Alabama Newscenter, The Tuscaloosa News , AL.com