July 2015

Guest Editor: Sarah R. Horn

Highway and traffic safety is a wide-ranging issue that every law enforcement agency and officer encounter in some form during their career, whether it’s during a traffic stop, a major crisis, or an investigation. This issue offers ideas, tools, and examples of highway safety solutions for readers to consider, adapt, or implement in their own agencies as they join IACP in its goal to reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities of both civilians and officers.


  • Mission: Control – The Design of an Efficient and Safe Public Safety Facility

    Law enforcement, which is usually quick to employ new technologies in the field, has been slower to adopt the state of the art in their built environments. However, that’s changing, as both departme...

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  • Private Police Coming to a Neighborhood Near You! Why Private Police May Be an Important Element of Future Law Enforcement

    Modern policing is a very challenging endeavor. It requires a large degree of foresight, nimbleness, adaptability, risk taking, and commitment. In addition to the practical challenges involved in redu...

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  • Traffic Incident Management: The Next Evolution in Officer Safety

    If an agency member conducting a traffic collision investigation was forced to jump over a guardrail, upon a median wall, or onto a sidewalk to avoid being struck by an oncoming vehicle, would the chi...

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  • Measuring the Impact of Marijuana Legalization with the Washington Roadside Survey of Driver Drug and Alcohol Use

    Washington has the dubious distinction of being one of the first states in the United States to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. Even though state-level data have shown that marijuana use i...

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  • Understanding and Applying Traffic Incident Management

    Each year, hundreds of highway responders—law enforcement, fire, rescue, emergency medical services (EMS), tow or recovery, and others—are seriously injured or killed while working in or near movi...

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  • NMVTIS Law Enforcement Access Tool: A Free Resource for Vehicle-Related Investigations

    Vehicle theft has come a long way from the days of teenagers stealing vehicles simply for the cheap thrill. Those thieves saw no value in the vehicle itself; they valued the few minutes of fun. Today,...

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  • Collaborating on Interstate Safety

    The number of deaths occurring on U.S. highways is staggering—each year roughly 33,000 people in the United States die in traffic crashes. Although, this number is down from 43,510 just a decade ago...

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  • Preparing Officers for Traffic Court—Responding to Radar-Centered Questioning

    Speed kills. Any law enforcement officer who has worked a vehicular crash scene is only too aware of this reality. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that speeding wa...

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  • The Inside Information Checklist (IIC)

    On September 2, 2014, North Carolina Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser vacated the sentences of Henry Lee McCollum and Leon Brown, who had been convicted for the 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-o...

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