Discussion

The results of the Albuquerque Police Department’s Safe Streets 1997 strongly suggest that a special traffic enforcement program can deter criminal activity, improve traffic safety, and contribute substantial economic savings to society.

Albuquerque’s Safe Streets program also demonstrates what can be accomplished when a community works together to identify and solve social problems. There were fewer crimes and fewer crashes in Albuquerque during 1997 than in the previous year, and these reductions, most likely, occurred in response to the special traffic enforcement and other elements of the Safe Streets program. Perhaps most important, there have been substantial improvements in civility on the streets of Albuquerque, and according to the Albuquerque Police Department, no further cases of serious road rage have been reported.