MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) -- During the 2018 Independence Day travel period, Alabama State Troopers worked 18 traffic fatalities. They say many of those accidents are a result of fewer troopers on the road.
Right now, Alabama has about 342 troopers on the highway, but they say they need 700 more.
“Unfortunately, I think, as a result, we’re going to see more crashes, more injuries, and more fatalities,” said Stg. Steve Jarrett.
Troopers say some of the leading causes of the shortage are retiring troopers, budget cuts, and a lack of interest in becoming a trooper.
“With the manpower reduction that we’re dealing with now, we have become more reactive than proactive,” said Sgt. Jarrett.
In August, a new class of troopers is scheduled for training at the academy.