This chapter shall be known as, and may be cited as, the 'Highway and Traffic Safety Coordination Act of 1967.'
It is the public policy of this state in every way possible to reduce the number of traffic accidents, deaths, injuries and property damage through the formulation of comprehensive highway and traffic safety programs. The Governor, as the chief executive and highest elected official of this state, is hereby invested with the power and authority to act as the chief administrator in the formulation of such programs on highway and traffic safety.
There is hereby created within the executive department of the state government, and immediately under the supervision of the Governor, the office of Coordinator of Highway and Traffic Safety. The coordinator shall be appointed by the Governor, and shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The coordinator shall advise with and assist the Governor in the formulation, coordination and supervision of comprehensive state and local highway and traffic safety programs to reduce traffic accidents, deaths, injuries and property damage within this state. The coordinator, acting under the direction and supervision of the Governor, shall also advise the various departments and agencies of state government concerned with highway and traffic safety programs. He shall coordinate and review, cooperatively, the programs developed by the various local political subdivisions, for the purpose of assisting them in the preparation of their highway traffic safety programs to insure that they meet the criteria established for such programs by the appropriate state and federal authorities.
The Governor is authorized to provide and designate for the use of the coordinator such space as shall be necessary to quarter the coordinator and his staff. The coordinator is authorized to employ and secure the necessary staff, supplies and materials to carry out the provisions of this chapter, subject to the approval of the Governor, under the provisions of the Merit System.
The Governor is hereby authorized and granted the power to contract and to exercise any other powers which may be necessary in order to insure that all departments of state government and local political subdivisions participate to the fullest extent possible in the benefits available under the 'National Highway Safety Act of 1966' and all subsequent amendments thereto and similar federal programs of highway and traffic safety. The Governor is hereby authorized to formulate standards for highway and traffic safety programs for political subdivisions to assure that they meet criteria of the national highway safety bureau, or its successor, and shall institute a reporting system for the local political subdivisions to report the status of their programs to the state.
The Governor, acting for and in behalf of the State of Alabama, is authorized to cooperate with, and participate in, the programs of all federal, state, local, public and private agencies and organizations in order to effectuate the purposes of this chapter.
The governing authorities of the various counties and municipalities are empowered to contract with the state, federal and other local, public and private agencies and organizations and exercise other necessary powers to participate to the fullest extent possible in the highway and traffic safety programs of this state, the provisions of the 'National Highway Safety Act of 1966' and all subsequent amendments thereto and similar federal programs of highway and traffic safety.