IACP traffic safety initiatives

Traffic-related fatalities are annually ranked as one of the top causes of death in many countries world wide. In the United States over 37,000 lives were lost in 2016 due to traffic-related crashes. Many of these crashes were caused by highly visible driver-related factors, including speeding, distracted driving, and impairments (such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs), and many of these crashes are preventable. 

The traffic safety initiatives of the IACP are dedicated to address common factors that cause these crashes and look to provide guidance, lessons learned and best practices to law enforcement with the hope to prevent this tragic loss of live.

Highlights in Traffic Safety Resources




Quick Sheet:

Move Over and slow Down

Traffic Safety Innovations:

Impaired Driving

highway Safety Initiatives:

Operation Spidre

Traffic Officer Safety:

"They Don't See You" Video 

IACP Highway Safety Committee

The Highway Safety Committee (HSC) studies, considers, and evaluates all matters pertaining to policies, practices, standards, and rates of state and municipal policy organizations relating to traffic accident investigation, traffic records, traffic patrol, traffic law enforcement, organization and administration, and other highway safety functions that may be responsibilities of the membership of the IACP; reports to the IACP for dissemination to its members and interested agencies information and recommendations for the improvement of police traffic management and the promotion of highway safety; makes recommendations to the Traffic Institute of Northwestern University relating to its traffic police training programs; and makes recommendations to the IACP and other interested organizations and agencies of needed research projects essential to optimum highway safety programs by police agencies. 

For more information on the HSC, please click here.

  • National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC): The NLEC is a traffic safety recognition program focusing on the issues of impaired driving, occupant protection, speed awareness, and state/local issues. Participating agencies are evaluated and awarded points on their approaches to these traffic safety issues based on seven factors: Problem Identification, Policies, Planning, Training, Public Information & Education, Enforcement, and Outcomes. Agencies wishing to apply for the 2016 NLEC may do so by clicking here.
  • Enforcement Technologies Advisory Technical Subcommittee (ETATS): The Enforcement Technologies Advisory Technical Subcommittee brings together field practitioners and technical experts to advise law enforcement agencies and federal partners on technical specifications and policies for the operation of speed measurement devices and other enforcement technologies. For more information on ETATS, click here.
  • Traffic Officer Safety Subcommittee (TOSS): The Traffic Officer Safety Subcommittee is tasked with improving the environment in which the officers operate on the roadways, as well as exploring better ways to ensure officers safety during traffic stops and other roadside contacts. For more information on TOSS, click here.
  • Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Subcommittee: The Traffic Incident Management Subcommittee works with the IACP Highway Safety Committee and the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, to address and promote safety, operations, training, and outreach initiatives related to TIM nationally. The TIM Subcommittee also works to enhance existing TIM programs; and support relationships and understanding between TIM disciplines. For more information on the TIM Subcommittee, click here.


Drive 2 Save Lives Campaign                                                                           

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), led by the Division of State and Provincial Police (S&P), the Division of State Associations of Chiefs of Police (SACOP), and the IACP Highway Safety Committee, partnered to create the Drive to Save Lives Campaign, otherwise referred to as the Drive Campaign. This targeted approach to highway safety focuses on implementing data-driven approaches to traffic safety and traffic incident management; enforcing laws addressing speed limits, seat belt use, impairment violations, distracted driving, and other highly visible behaviors; actively responding to unsafe driving behaviors by operators of motorcycles and large trucks and buses; and educating motorists about the importance of practicing safe driving. 

  • High Visibility Education and Enforcement Pilot (HVEE) Project: Supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the HVEE Project unites multiple agencies in a collaborative effort centered on a focused public education campaign and increased enforcement targeting specific traffic safety issues. For more information on this project, click here.
  • Large Truck and Bus Enforcement: The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have come together to focus on developing strategies and deliverables to enhance the Drive Campaign by incorporating large truck and bus enforcement. For more information and resources on large truck and bus enforcement, please click here.


Drug Recognition Expert (dre) program

A drug recognition expert or drug recognition evaluator (DRE) is a law enforcement officer trained to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol. The IACP coordinates the International Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition to law enforcement officers who are certified as DREs, the DECP educates prosecutors and judges in the prosecution of drugged drivers. For more information on the DEC Program and DREs, please visit www.decp.org.

  • Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE): The ARIDE program, developed by NHTSA with input from the IACP Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP), is intended to bridge the gap between the Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST) and DRE programs by providing officers with general knowledge related to drug impairment. This course trains law enforcement officers to observe, identify, and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or the combination of both, in order to reduce the number of impaired driving incidents, as well as crashes resulting in serious injuries and fatalities. For more information on the ARIDE program, click here.
  • Technical Advisory Panel (TAP): The TAP provides the IACP Highway Safety Committee with technical advice and updates concerning the DEC Program, SFST training, and impaired driving issues. Additionally, the TAP reviews and makes recommendations to reflect current court rulings and changes in procedures. For more information, click here.