Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort (CARE) Section

Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort (CARE) Section


The IACP Crash Awareness Reduction Effort (CARE) Section is a North American traffic-enforcement effort which serves to increase officer presence on Interstate and highways across the United States and Canada during specific high crash periods. Through the collection and reporting of traffic-enforcement data provided by law enforcement agencies across North America, CARE provides an avenue to inform the public of their unified efforts to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes.

Organized under the IACP Division of State & Provincial Police (S&P), CARE aims to provide police executives with information, training, and forums for discussion to improve public safety by making our roadways safer. While CARE is housed under S&P, local agencies are encouraged to participate, collect, and share their traffic safety data during CARE Operations.

To learn more about the section, see below or contact



Upcoming CARE Operations

Labor Day

0:01 - Midnight

Friday September 2, 2022 - Monday, September 5, 2022


0:01 - Midnight

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 - Sunday, November 27, 2022

CARE Life Saver Week 

0:01 - Midnight

Friday, December 23, 2022 - Monday, January 2, 2022


View the full 2022 CARE Operation calendar here


*2023 CARE Operations will be posted at the end of this year*

Reporting CARE Operation Data

Submitting Data

Once data is compiled for the entire agency, submit your data to the CARE Reporting Portal. To ensure enforcement data is properly attributed to the submitting agency, the submitter will need to provide the agency’s Originating Agency Identifier (ORI) number along with additional agency information.

Report all citations and warnings issued for the listed violations, along with crashes and arrests as noted below:

• Total Enforcement Stops – Any stop resulting in a warning (verbal or written), citation or arrest • Seatbelt Violations – Any seatbelt/restraint violation to include passengers and children

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol/OMVI – All violations

Speeding Violations – Any violation associated with speeding

• Distracted Driving/Cell Phone Use – All violations associated with distracted driving

• Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Stops – All violations

• Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspection Stops – Safety Inspections that occur on these highway classifications

• Total Crashes on Interstates and highways – All crashes occurring on these highway classifications

• Total Injury Crashes – All crashes that have a reported or suspected injury not including fatality crashes

• Total Fatal Crashes – The number of fatal crashes

• Total Fatalities – The number of persons killed in crashes

• Felony Arrests – Including fugitive arrests

• Motorist Assists – Total number of motorist assists on these highway classifications

Getting Involved

Those who would like to join the CARE Section and receive information on CARE Operations and other traffic safety initiatives, email


One of the benefits of CARE section membership is that it provides a platform to exchange information with colleagues who have similar interests and are facing the same issues. To better foster this information exchange and networking between members, CARE uses the IACPengage platform.

This community will allow you to virtually connect with your peers and colleagues to discuss emerging and critical issues in the law enforcement field, share information and resources, and network with one another.

CARE Section Annual Meeting - IACP Impaired Driving & Traffic Safety Conference

For the last few years, the Crash Awareness Reduction Effort (CARE) has held their meeting in the days preceding the IACP Drug and Impaired Driving (DAID) Conference. 

This year, to better incorporate more traffic safety education, the IACP will be hosting the Impaired Driving and Traffic Safety Conference (IDTS) in San Antonio, Texas, August 21 – 23, 2022. This conference will be the largest training conference for drug recognition experts and traffic safety professionals. Presenters and attendees will have the opportunity to share and learn promising practices and current trends in traffic safety, as well as the science and information on alcohol and drug-impaired driving.    

The CARE Section will meet for their annual business meeting on August 20 at 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., and a reception will follow. CARE will also continue the tradition of hosting the Fallen Officers Luncheon on Sunday, August 21 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CARE members are encouraged to attend the CARE workshops that will be scheduled over the course of the three-day conference. 

More information on the Impaired Driving and Traffic Safety Conference can be found here

Additional Traffic Safety Resources

Traffic-related fatalities are annually ranked as one of the leading causes of death worldwide. The IACP is dedicated to addressing priority roadway safety initiatives, including impaired driving, distracted driving, speed enforcement, occupant protection, and officer safety. The traffic safety initiatives of the IACP are designed to provide resources, guidance, and best practices to the law enforcement community, in an effort to help prevent future loss of life on our roadways and to improve the overall quality of life in our communities. To view additional IACP traffic safety resources, click here




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