IACP Excellence in Traffic Safety Award
The IACP Excellence in Traffic Safety Award recognizes organizations that excel in the field of traffic safety.
Traffic safety is a key element of public safety. This is particularly true as the number of traffic fatalities across the world remain at unacceptable levels. Law enforcement and other government agencies as well as community organizations play a key role in maintaining safe roadways and communities. The IACP Excellence in Traffic Safety Award recognizes organizations that excel in the field of traffic safety.
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Dubai's expansion and growing population has resulted in an increase in traffic related fatalities. Due to the concern over the increase in fatalities, Dubai Police General Command created the Emirate's Safer Streets program. The Emirate's Safer Streets is a program designed to reduce traffic fatalities using development and smart technology innovations for traffic control and movement, roadway rehabilitation, and increased traffic control. There is also an accompanying traffic safety awareness campaign along with legislation and policies supporting law enforcement. The Dubai Police also established two additional campaigns, "We Are All Police" and "White Points". The first campaign encourages community members to report dangerous traffic violations, while the second rewards committed drivers. Throughout their use of technology, community partnerships, and enforcement, the Dubai Police General Command have reduced traffic fatalities by over 25% between 2018 and 2022.
ROADPOL (European Roads Policing Network)
ROADPOL (European Roads Policing Network), legally named as International Association, was established on a voluntary basis in 2019 between the European Traffic Police Forces as a political successor of TISPOL (Traffic Information System Police), and it is open to all the state members of the Council of Europe. ROADPOL's main priority is to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on European roads. ROADPOL displays this priority in its vision of working in partnership to make Europe's roads safer and more secure. The activities of ROADPOL have contributed to shaping some legislation and policies on a European, regional, and international level, as they provide authorities with expert advice based on current practices of law enforcement in different EU Member States. ROADPOL and its Pan European Cross Borders Operations are one example on how police cooperation in Europe can work and obtain results. In 2020, ROADPOL was recognized as "monopolist" for Road Safety by the European Commission DG MOVE (Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport).
Flagler County, Florida, Sheriff's Office
In the last two decades, Flagler County, FL has experienced rapid population growth without significant expansion of the transportation infrastructure, leading to increasing amounts of traffic congestion on local roads and highways. To address growing traffic safety issues in their county, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) put together a comprehensive traffic safety strategy to ensure their community’s safety. This comprehensive plan included the implementation of several community initiatives, new technologies, media/social media strategies for public awareness, personnel changes, and analysis methods. From their efforts, the FCSO saw a 44% reduction of traffic fatalities in 2019 and an overall 67% reduction since 2017. The FCSO traffic improvements, identified best practices, and rich data set are an example that can be used in other communities across to improve traffic safety.
St. Paul, Minnesota, Police Department
In 2016, Commander Jeremy Ellison began analyzing and sharing data relating to motor vehicle crashes and fatalities. His analysis revealed a noticeable number of injuries and fatalities involving pedestrians and bikers, so the city of St. Paul allocated resources to create a citywide pedestrian safety plan. This included the creation of a full-time position to lead the efforts in pedestrian and bike safety, as well as partnerships with other city agencies and private groups to create safety initiatives. One of the most successful programs is the “Stop for Me Pedestrian Safety Initiative,” which brought together private and public entities to address education, engineering, and enforcement. Drug recognition experts (DRE) were also an important part of this program. The increase in DRE personnel helped properly address impaired driving. As a result of these programs, St. Paul saw a decrease in the number of pedestrian-involved crashes, from 314 in 2016 to 260 in 2018; a 20% reduction in just 2 years.