APPENDIX A – Resolution


Submitted by the Highway Safety Committee

WHEREAS, public safety is the highest priority of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Transport Canada, and law enforcement agencies; and

WHEREAS, the best efforts of law enforcement and other government agencies and private organizations have made significant gains in the past in reducing impaired driving; and

WHEREAS, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2005, 16,972 people were killed in crashes involving alcohol, representing 39% of the 43,200 people killed in all traffic crashes, representing a 1.7% increase over the previous year; and

WHEREAS, research indicates the effect of drugs, alone, or in combination with alcohol, contribute significantly to the number of fatal and injury crashes; and

WHEREAS, law enforcement officers experience firsthand the devastating emotional, mental, and physical effects of impaired driving; and

WHEREAS, research has shown strong and effective laws combined with highly visible enforcement not only reduces impaired driving, but also reduces other crimes as well; and

WHEREAS, there are many strategies that can and should be deployed in our fight against impaired driving; and

WHEREAS, the IACP encourages allied organizations, both public and private, to work cooperatively with law enforcement to eliminate impaired driving; and

WHEREAS, the IACP encourages all other components of the criminal justice system, including prosecutors and the judiciary, to work cooperatively to eliminate impaired driving; and

WHEREAS, the IACP urges SACOP to encourage their member agencies to consistently participate in aggressive high visibility impaired driving enforcement; and

WHEREAS, according to NHTSA, sustained high visibility law enforcement is clearly the best strategy for reducing impaired driving; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police, duly assembled at its 113th Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, supports a renewed effort for every law enforcement agency to take full advantage of known best practices, in particular aggressive high visibility enforcement, to work vigorously toward the elimination of impaired driving; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the IACP supports the use of the IACP Highway Safety Committee Impaired Driving Subcommittee “Impaired Driving Guidebook: Three Keys to Renewed Focus and Success” as a resource tool in our effort to eliminate impaired driving.