Traffic Safety Abstracts
We Are All Police
Agency: Dubai (United Arab Emirates) Police
Year: 2015 Semifinalist
Contact: Coordinator Mohamed Seddik - aechtibi [at] dubaipolice.gov.ae
Seeing an increase in the rate of accidents and death on the roads, the Dubai Police implemented this unique initiative to improve safety. The goal is to open new channels with the public to increase their interaction in monitoring behavior contrary to the law of traffic on the road. The electronic system allows members of the public to communicate with the police regarding violators of traffic regulations. The service was improved and matured through three phases, starting with a simple call to report a traffic violation, to a 999 emergency number and culminating in a smartphone application where members of the public can log in, take a snapshot of the incident and upload it online. The service is linked to 11 cameras at various hot spots, and operators can enlist the help of the cameras to verify reports. Since the project began, there has been a significant improvement in road safety customer satisfaction, and the service eased pressure on police patrols so they can be reallocated to prevent and detect crime.
Agency: Iowa Department of Public Safety
Year: 2014 Semifinalist
Contact: Colonel David Garrison - dgarriso [at] dps.state.ia.us
The goal of this collaborative effort was to eliminate all traffic fatalities across the entire 2,900 miles of Interstate 80 during an eight-day period at the end of July. The challenge was organized following targeted research, which highlighted an increase in traffic fatalities along I-80 during summer vacationing period. On average, a motorist loses their life every eight minutes on the I-80 corridor. This innovative approach places ample local, state and federal resources on one designated roadway, chosen for its high crash and fatality rate, for eight days. State Troopers, working alongside Motor Carrier Enforcement Officers and local law enforcement agencies, conducted high visibility stops across the nation. While the ultimate goal was zero fatalities during the challenge, two traffic deaths did occur. Over $2.5 million worth of illegal drugs were confiscated, and 92 drug charges were filed. The challenge can be easily replicated on other roadways nationwide.
SHIELD Detail Program
Agency: Ohio State Highway Patrol
Year: 2014 Semifinalist
Contact: Lieutenant Matt Warren - mwarren [at] dps.state.oh.us
This state recently recorded the lowest number of traffic fatalities in its history by targeting dangerous, crash-causing behaviors. The patrol also provided roadside assistance to over 290,000 Ohio motorists and implemented a dual-mission focus to address significant criminal activity. The program brought the interdiction of narcotics and serious criminal activity to a level equal to the agency’s traffic safety efforts. The multiagency enforcement effort addresses specific traffic safety and criminal activity issues by combining federal, state and local resources in a universally adaptable format. The traffic stop and community buy-in is the gateway for detecting criminal activity, and investigators use “tagging” to interdict as many criminals as possible. Crime enforcement has grown compared to the prior year, and areas showing the largest increase include currency, cocaine and hallucinogen pill seizures. One of the greatest benefits is the program’s ability to adapt and assimilate to any area, community or agency.