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Traffic safety is wide-ranging issue that every law enforcement officer encounters in some form during his or her career. It’s interconnected to a number of other public safety issues, including drug use and impairment, theft and violent crime, and officer safety, as well as the entry point for many community-police interactions. This issue offers a deeper look at many traffic safety concerns and offers examples of how some agencies are working to improve traffic safety in their communities.

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In 2014 in the United States, 32,675 people died in traffic-related incidents. Seeking to decrease the number of traffic-related fatalities, four U.S. states—Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, and Wisconsin—participated in an IACP-led HVEE pilot project between October 2015 and February 2016. While there was a unified focus on education and an ongoing emphasis on officer safety, each state put its own stamp on the program by focusing on particular issues and high-risk locations or times relevant to the state.

Auto theft is often viewed with the historical perception that it is primarily a property crime. However, history shows some vehicle thefts were connected to notorious criminal cases, such as the crimes committed by the Manson family or Bonnie and Clyde. Unfortunately, the low prioritization of auto theft often impacts law enforcement’s capabilities to prevent, investigate, and interdict auto theft offenders for the theft or their involvement in other crimes.

Millions of people sit in traffic every day, wasting both time and money, and studies show that the situation will only worsen in the future. Aside from the economic costs, though, every year, law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs, and highway workers are killed in secondary traffic incidents related to roadway congestion. The identification and sharing of best practices in TIM can help agencies reduce the human and economic costs of traffic congestion and related incidents.



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Drug-Impaired Driving – A Growing Problem

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