The Future Use of Law Enforcement Personnel and Traffic Safety Enforcement

BACKGROUND: In recent years the role of traffic law enforcement, and its function, have changed, and the numbers of sworn law enforcement officers in many jurisdictions have decline. Many states have placed limitations on law enforcement personnel efforts to engage in traffic safety law enforcement in various ways. Going forward, two relevant questions for state highway safety offices (SHSOs) and law enforcement leadership are 1) does the public accept and want police to enforce traffic safety laws? and 2) what should be the future role of law enforcement officers in traffic safety enforcement? OBJECTIVE: The objective of this is research is to provide public policy guidance for decisionmakers on the role of law enforcement in traffic safety enforcement. This study should also involve a reliable measure of public sentiment on the role of traditional law enforcement engagement on traffic safety enforcement. Deliverables produced through this research should be designed to support the work of SHSOs, and law enforcement leaders at the state and local levels. Findings (when available) from BTSCRP Project BTS-31, Quantifying Impacts of Traffic Enforcement Activity Levels on Safety, should be incorporated into the research effort.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $460000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Behavioral Traffic Safety Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Governors Highway Safety Association

    444 N. Capitol Street, NW, Suite 722
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Retting, Richard

  • Start Date: 20240618
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01922047
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: BTS-41
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 18 2024 4:39PM