The IACP's traffic safety portfolio includes collecting promising practices on a variety of road safety issues and programs. Below are resources for agencies that address topics such as the safe, quick clearance of traffic incidents, distracted driving, global policing, speed enforcement, traffic officer safety, commercial vehicles, and other contemporary traffic safety issues.
Safe, Quick Clearance of Traffic Incidents Resources
Safe, Quick Clearance of Traffic Incidents Toolkit
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) created the Safe, Quick Clearance of Traffic Incidents toolkit to provide law enforcement executives with information that demonstrates the importance of adopting practices that facilitate the safe, quick clearance of traffic incidents in order to increase responder and public safety; reduce traffic congestion and the risk of secondary crashes; and the overall quality of life in communities.
The toolkit includes:
- A white paper that highlights effective strategies that law enforcement agencies can utilize to improve their response to traffic incidents;
- How to get legislative buy-in
- Laws that promote safe, quick clearance
- Execution, Evaluation, and Education
- Talking points for law enforcement leadership, government officials, and roll call trainings;
- Infographic and poster for frontline officers including officer safety considerations;
- Press releases for general and specific incident use; and
- A comprehensive list of resources to assist agencies with implementing practices that ensure safe, quick clearance of traffic incidents.
Visit https://www.theiacp.org/resources/safe-quick-clearance-of-traffic-incidents-toolkit to download a copy of this resource.
To pre-order a copy of the Safe, Quick Clearance of Traffic Incidents toolkit, please click here and complete the requested information.
Safe, Quick Clearance of Traffic Incidents Project
The IACP has also developed the Safe, Quick Clearance of Traffic Incidents project webpage. Throughout the webpage, you will find resources developed and collected by the IACP to assist in creating your business case for safe, quick clearance of traffic incidents. Resource categories include:
- Traffic incident management (TIM) training,
- Examples of practices from police agencies,
- Examples of policies and towing & recovery incentive programs, and
- After-action reports.
Visit https://www.theiacp.org/projects/safe-quick-clearance-of-traffic-incidents to access these resources related to the safe, quick clearance of traffic incidents project.
Law Enforcement Information During COVID-19
While COVID-19 cases are steadily increasing within the U.S., law enforcement agencies continue to respond to incidents and enforce traffic laws in their communities, despite the operational challenges they may face on roadways due to the pandemic. Below are available resources for considerations to take when making traffic stops or conducting traffic safety initiatives: Traffic Enforcement During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Processing DUIs During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Considerations for Law Enforcement
Traffic Enforcement During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Procedural Considerations for Making Traffic Stops During COVID-19
- Policy Considerations for Law Enforcement Executives
- Preparing Officers
- Using Technology
- Communicating with the Public
This resource may also be downloaded in the following languages:
Visit https://www.theiacp.org/resources/document/traffic-enforcement-during-the-covid-19-pandemic to download this resource.
Processing DUIs During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Considerations for Law Enforcement
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak presents unique challenges for law enforcement, one of which is safety processing a DUI suspect when appropriate, and in accordance with individual agency guidelines. This tool provides additional considerations for keeping officers and subjects safe from possible COVID-19 exposure.
This resource may also be downloaded in the following languages:
Visit https://www.theiacp.org/resources/document/processing-duis-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-considerations-for-law-enforcement to download this resource.
For additional law enforcement information and resources on COVID-19, please visit https://www.theiacp.org/resources/document/law-enforcement-information-on-covid-19.
Distracted Driving Toolkit
What is the Distracted Driving Toolkit?
The Distracted Driving Toolkit provides law enforcement chief executives, command staff, first-line supervisors, and patrol officers with effective strategies that have been used by others to improve distracted driving education and enforcement in their communities, along with tactics to reduce officer distraction in patrol vehicles.
What It Includes
- A report on promising practices for public education, enforcement, and officer safety
- Press release and talking points template that can be used to address distracted driving issues for chiefs of municipal governments and community education
- Two separate 11 x 17 poster infographics - The Dangers of Distracted Driving & The Dangers of Distracted Driving by Law Enforcement Officers
- A comprehensive list of resources to help agencies address distracted driving crashes
Visit https://www.theiacp.org/resources/document/distracted-driving-toolkit to download this resource.
The Dangers of Distracted Driving and The Dangers of Distracted Driving by Law Enforcement Officers Infographics
In addition to the Distracted Driving Toolkit, the infographics, The Dangers of Distracted Driving and The Dangers of Distracted Driving by Law Enforcement Officers, are available for download in five different languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Arabic. To download these infographics, visit https://www.theiacp.org/resources/document/distracted-driving-toolkit.
To request a hard copy of the Distracted Driving Toolkit, please click here and complete the information requested. For other inquiries regarding traffic safety initiatives, please contact IACP's Traffic Safety Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traffic Safety Resource Guide
The Traffic Safety Resource Guide is designed to help law enforcement officers address the elements of traffic safety from education to enforcement, as well as to share research and best practices. The guide provides promising practices to support leaders in responding to the traffic safety issues they are encountering in their communities.
Contributors to the Traffic Safety Resource Guide are those who are currently working in the field of traffic safety - law enforcement officers, researchers, and practitioners - and understand the key issues of traffic safety, including drug-impaired driving, high-visibility enforcement, move over laws and a host of other topics.
Visit https://www.theiacp.org/resources/document/traffic-safety-resource-guide to download this resource.
The Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS)
The Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) is a multi-partner initiative which aims to reduce road traffic fatalities and injuries in low-and middle-income countries through a comprehensive data-driven approach.
The Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety is a 12-year, $259 million project that aims to reduce traffic deaths and injuries in low- and middle-income countries. Initiative partners representing the world's leading road safety organizations coordinate with in-country governmental and non-governmental stakeholder to implement road safety activities, focusing on four primary risk factors: speeding, impaired driving, helmet use, and seatbelt use. As a partner in the initiative, IACP's primary role is to work alongside in-country law enforcement agencies to implement evidence-based interventions that have been proven to reduce road traffic fatalities and injuries.
The IACP's involvement with the initiative began in 2017 through supporting enforcement efforts in São Paulo, Brazil. As a result of the success in the City of São Paulo, the IACP has since expanded efforts to 11 cities in Latin America and India.
For more information on this initiative, please contact Program Manager Aimee Gallagher at email@example.com.
Traffic Safety Innovations
The IACP and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) developed Traffic Safety Innovations, a booklet that provides insights from some of the National Law Enforcement Challenge winners about what ideas they employed that have reduced traffic injuries and fatalities while having a positive impact in their communities.
Traffic Officer Safety Videos
Traffic stops are essential effective traffic enforcement activities and frequently act as the gateway to positive educational interactions with citizens or detecting serious crimes and arresting criminals. However, traffic stops can also be dangerous to law enforcement officers. The IACP Highway Safety Committee and a number of law enforcement agencies recognized this dilemma and, in partnership with NHTSA, developed several roll-call videos to assist agencies in training their officers.
Available via DVD (contact Breana McKenney to order a copy):
- Your Vest Won’t Stop This Bullet: Focuses on ways to mitigate the perils of traffic stops and other roadside contacts.
- P.U.R.S.U.E.: Focuses on decision making during motor vehicle pursuits.
- Saving Lives…One Stop At A Time: Showcases law enforcement’s efforts to save lives and reduce crash injuries.
- Is Today Your Day?: Encourages law enforcement officers to wear seat belts.
Fraudulent Commercial Driver's Licenses
Operator error is the number one cause of fatal commercial vehicle crashes. For trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds, drivers of these vehicles are required to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) ensuring they have the specialized knowledge and skills to drive these vehicles. One way to ensure our roadways are traveled by only well qualified drivers is for law enforcement officers to stop trucks and buses and review the driver’s CDL.
The IACP developed a video series to improve an officer’s understanding of CDLs, allowing officers to confidently examine a CDL and safely interact with a CMV driver. The video series covers topics such as how to examine the CDL, including its security features, identifying a fraudulent CDL, and officer safety considerations when interacting with a CMV. This seven part video series, developed in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, can be viewed in its entirety, to gain a broad understanding of the commercial driver’s license or as an individual section within the series to learn about that focus area. This series can be used during roll call or for an officer who is interested in learning more about the commercial driver’s license.
|The Commercial Drivers License||Officer Safety and the Traffic Stop|
|Part 1: Documentation (1:52)||[Video]||[Text]||Officer Safety Part 1: The CMV Stop (2:52)||[Video]||[Text]|
|Part 2: Security Features (2:50)||[Video]||[Text]||Officer Safety Part 2: Approaching the CMV (2:14)||[Video]||[Text]|
|Part 3: Examining the CDL (2:22)||[Video]||[Text]||Officer Safety Part 3: Driver Contact (3:32)||[Video]||[Text]|
|Part 4: The Fraudulent CDL (1:45)||[Video]||
|Complete Video Series: The Commercial Drivers License and Officer Safety and the Traffic Stop (19:11)||[Video]||[Text]|
|Compilation: The Commercial Drivers License Parts 1-4 (10:02)||[Video]||[Text]|
|Compilation: Officer Safety and the Traffic Stop (9:57)||[Video]|
The Correlation Between Speed and Alcohol
Speed Measurement Device Testing
The Conforming Product List (CPL) informs which speed measuring devices are eligible for purchase using Federal highway safety grant funds, based on the device having been subjected to, and meeting or exceeding the technical specifications for Radar and Lidar devices maintained by NHTSA.
The Across-The-Road Radar, Down-The-Road Radar, and Lidar minimum performance specifications are published by NHTSA. These performance specifications are intended to ensure that the devices are accurate and reliable when properly operated and maintained.