Alabama troopers concerned about road safety amid trooper shortage

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. 

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