A number of traffic-safety initiatives by the Alabama Department of Public Safety are based on traffic-accident information collected and analyzed by The University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety, or CAPS, and operations management faculty and students at the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration.
One of the students, Shirley Li, a third-year doctoral student from China studying operations management, works with Dr. Burcu Keskin, assistant professor of operations management, in determining the best patrol routes for state troopers to maximize coverage along stretches of highways with high numbers of crashes. Traffic-safety researchers often refer to these stretches as “hot spots.”
Keskin says the research project began when Dr. Allen Parrish, director of CAPS, informed her of the center’s multiple databases available for traffic-safety research. Dr. Keskin continues to work on hot spot patrol research.