Recommendations

The Alabama State Child Death Review Team makes recommendations to the Governor and helps recommend and support legislation. Since the establishment of ACDRS, it has provided the following recommendations:

  • Teen driver safety awareness and education
  • Enhancements to the Graduated Driver's License law
  • Prohibition of distracting electronic devices while driving
  • Improved child passenger safety restraint requirements
  • Improved ATV safety regulations
  • Prohibition of truck bed passengers
  • Education regarding safe infant bedding and practices
  • Awareness of infant bed-sharing dangers
  • Improved infant death scene investigations
  • Increased use of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Improved access to health care
  • Improved day care safety rules
  • Improved swimming area safety

ACDRS Successes

  • Legislation passed into law: "Safe Place" Law (2000), Graduated Driver's License - GDL - (2002), "Baby Douglas" Day Care Medication (2004), Child Passenger Safety Law (2006), GDL Enhancements (2010), and "SUIDI" Law (2011)
  • Pending legislative efforts: prohibition of passengers in open truck beds, further enhancements to child passenger safety restraint laws, and ATV restrictions/safety requirements
  • Education and outreach efforts: Shaken Baby Syndrome/abusive head trauma prevention efforts, "Back to Sleep" campaign, Cribs for Kids program, ATV safety campaign, youth suicide prevention efforts, and teen driver safety campaign
  • Trends since ACDRS was established: fewer total child deaths, fewer deaths meeting review criteria, and improved case review and completion rates (currently greater than 95%)




Page last updated: April 11, 2017