Traffic Safety Initiatives: Engaging the DMV as a Partner in a Comprehensive Road Safety Strategy

State and local law enforcement agencies that are actively engaged in activities in support of their jurisdiction’s strategic highway safety plan understand the importance of partnerships. But how many law enforcement agencies think to partner with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) or one of their department of motor vehicle (DMV) members? It is important to note that, in addition to DMVs, every state and provincial police or highway patrol agency in North America is a member of AAMVA.

Along with the IACP and other highway safety association stakeholders, AAMVA is a member of the steering committee that developed the Toward Zero Deaths national strategy.1 The steering committee partnership approach to the plan’s development contributed to a more comprehensive U.S.-wide strategy than if it had been developed by any one agency, association, or stakeholder alone. Similarly, agencies implementing strategies in support of national and jurisdictional traffic safety plans are more effective when engaged in partnerships. This is why including AAMVA, and more specifically, the state or provincial DMV, on the list of potential partners is important.

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