Traffic Safety Initiatives: Collaborating for Traffic Safety Successes

As traffic deaths continue to increase, public safety officials are working hard to reverse the recent trends. Increasingly, agencies are finding that a collaborative approach is an effective means for addressing specific safety issues in their communities. The collection and analysis of data are crucial first steps in developing a successful strategy. Developing partnerships with government agencies, community organizations, and professional groups can provide valuable insights and increase the effectiveness of an agency’s outreach efforts. Finally, a robust educational strategy can greatly enhance the impact of a public safety campaign. The examples below represent a few of the efforts that incorporated these elements—data analysis, collaboration and partnerships, and education—successfully. For their accomplishments, these agencies were among those recognized in the 2016 National Law Enforcement Challenge.

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Resource allocation requires finesse. With no time, effort, or energy to waste, many law enforcement agencies are finding success in targeting limited resources by using crash data to drive decision-m...
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From a safety standpoint, understanding when, where, and why secondary crashes occur has the potential to alter on-scene actions to help prevent those events. Similarly, identifying responder struck b...
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According to the FBI, there were 17,250 murders and nonnegligent manslaughters in the United States in 2016. These crimes always generate a feeling of fear and a demand for enforcement in all police j...
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2015, seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 13,941 lives in the United States. Over the last two decades, g...
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peeding—exceeding a speed limit or driving too fast for road or traffic conditions—is one of the most common factors in motor vehicle crashes in the United States. From 2005 through 2014, there we...
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The number of fatalities involving motorcyclists in the United States has recently decreased from a peak of 5,112 deaths in 2008. A total of 4,693 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2015, according to t...
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Traffic safety programs form an integral component of an effective, comprehensive law enforcement operation. Unfortunately, not all law enforcement executives—perhaps even all those reading this col...
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In 2015, more than 10,000 people were killed in traffic crashes caused by alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers in the United States. Even though tremendous progress has been made in combating this prob...
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In Arizona, a law enforcement officer rarely goes a single day without seeing someone driving on a highway or roadway with a mobile phone or other electronic device in their hand that is causing the m...
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Traffic Incident Management (TIM) is the planned and coordinated multidisciplinary process used to detect, respond, and clear traffic incidents as quickly as possible while protecting the safety of on...