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Alabama State Troopers are saying accidents, fatalities, and injuries on the road are up and they believe it because of a shortage of troopers.
not an area I don think in the state that have the manpower that they need to sustain their patrol coverage, says Lt. David Steward, President of the Alabama State Trooper Association.
think thirty is a start. I hoping that it will be more the following year. Thirty is a good number but we definitely need more than that, says Steward.
has been a problem that has been a long time coming for many, many years but we rarely been in a position to hire personnel, says Neil Tew, Executive Director of the Alabama State Trooper Association.
Officials say there has also been a problem recruiting as they compete with other agencies.
5 to 10 years ago we would hire troopers and then we would literally have thousands of individuals apply for the position to get on the register. We seen that list shrink by 70 or even 80 percent, says Tew.
Officials say a recent study from the University of Alabama says the state needs around a thousand troopers on the highways.