Traffic Safety Culture: Understanding law enforcement attitudes and beliefs about traffic safety

The National Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Safety Initiative is a cooperative and coordinated effort amongst state highway safety agencies and stakeholders. The transformation of the traffic safety culture is a primary element of the TZD strategy. Only through the growth of a positive safety culture can significant and sustainable reductions in crash fatalities and serious injuries be achieved. Law enforcement plays a critical role in traffic safety. However, traffic safety is one of many issues that law enforcement agencies must address. A variety of factors including budget limitations, political support, and agency culture can influence engagement in traffic safety. A decrease in law enforcement’s engagement in traffic safety could make a reduction in fatalities and serious injuries less likely. Recently, some traffic safety professionals have noted a change in the prioritization of traffic safety among law enforcement. It is difficult to determine whether this perception is accurate or not and the reasons and nature of this possible change. Therefore, understanding the attitudes and beliefs of law enforcement leaders and officers regarding traffic safety is critical to growing a positive traffic safety culture and ultimately achieving a goal of zero deaths on the nation’s roadways.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $168237
  • Contract Numbers:

    8882-309-08

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Western Transportation Institute

    Montana State University
    P.O. Box 174250
    Bozeman, MT  United States  59717-4250
  • Managing Organizations:

    Montana Department of Transportation

    2701 Prospect Avenue
    P.O. Box 201001
    Helena, MT  United States  59620-1001
  • Project Managers:

    Ward, Nicholas

  • Performing Organizations:

    Western Transportation Institute

    Montana State University
    P.O. Box 174250
    Bozeman, MT  United States  59717-4250
  • Principal Investigators:

    Ward, Nicholas

  • Start Date: 20170616
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190331
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01662435
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Montana Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 8882-309-08
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 8 2018 10:29AM