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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: Problems with enforcing the law when it comes to drivers passing stopped school buses

But the University of Alabama’ s Center for Advanced Public Safety says only 1,064 citations were issued for illegal passes of stopped school buses in all of 2018. According to school transportation officials, most Alabama school buses don’t have exterior cameras to catch automobile drivers passing illegally. When the bus… Read more

Sources: ABC 33/40 (Birmingham)

In The News: Why maps still matter: Working out a big severe weather worry

Veteran Alabama TV meteorologist James Spann touched on a topic — and a nerve — during severe weather coverage over the weekend in Alabama … One of the people taking an in-depth look at the problem — and everyone agrees it’s a problem — is Dr. Laura Myers, the director… Read more

Sources: Al.com

In The News: TV Meteorologist Gets Death Threats After Station Cuts Into Masters Coverage

An Atlanta meteorologist says she received death threats Sunday after her station cut into the Masters coverage to warn viewers of tornado threats … Dr. Laura Myers, director of the Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama, can relate. “I’m a huge Masters fan and was watching Saturday”… Read more

Sources: Weather.com, PJ Media, ClickOrlando.com, NBC 10 (Roanoke, Virginia)

In The News: UA to receive $8 million grant to improve traffic control systems in West Alabama

The University of Alabama is getting an $8 million grant to help improve traffic control systems in west Alabama. The money comes from the US Department of Transportation. It will be used to improve safety, reduce congestion, and help with local transportation systems. Read more

Sources: ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), NBC 13 (Birmingham), WAAY-ABC (Huntsville), Yellowhammer News, WVUA (Tuscaloosa), Travel Wire News, NBC 13 (Birmingham), Fox 6 (Birmingham), ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), CBS 42 (Birmingham), WAAY-ABC (Huntsville), Crimson White, Phone Week, Equipment World

UA Leading Transportation Project to Improve West Alabama Traffic

In a partnership with federal, state and local agencies, The University of Alabama is leading a more than $16 million project to transform traffic operations in West Alabama and provide leading-edge research to address societal transportation needs. Read more

In The News: Alabama’s deadly tornado ripped through homes — and exposed vulnerabilities

Connie Moman thought these would be her last moments: huddling in her bedroom closet with her husband and her dog, feeling the wind rattle their double-wide trailer, listening to the towering trees in her yard splinter in the tornado’s grip … While praising the initiative, Laura Myers, director of the… Read more

Sources: Washington Post, Savannah Morning News (Georgia), Alton Telegraph (Illinois), San Francisco Gate, The Bryan Eagle (Texas), Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer (Kentucky)

In The News: Editorial: Every Alabama county needs 24/7 state trooper coverage

In comments to Alabama Political Reporter, ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor has said his goal is to have 670 troopers patrolling the state’s roads and highways … And that’s still below the 1,000 troopers Alabama should employ based on its geographic size and population, according to data from the Center for… Read more

Sources: Anniston Star

In The News: CAPS research shows increase in crashes around Christmas

David Brown, University of Alabama professor, analyzed 10 years of crash data in Alabama and found that the six days around Christmas were particularly deadly with accident numbers that were 27 percent higher than New Year’s Eve, and on New Year’s Eve everybody’s drunk, so it must be super stressful to… Read more

Sources: WBAL-AM (Baltimore, Maryland)