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Implementation

letter States, through SHSOs, should encourage law enforcement agencies to develop and maintain comprehensive resource management plans, which identify and implement resources needed to effectively support enforcement programs. The resource management plans should include a specific component on traffic enforcement and safety, integrating those initiatives into a total agency enforcement program. Law enforcement agencies should conduct assessments of service demands and resources and re-allocate those resources to address specific traffic safety problems at the local level. Implementation of traffic law enforcement programs, in response to data analysis, should be systematic and maintained until the problem is alleviated.

Implementation of traffic law enforcement projects should be shared with the SHSO and surrounding agencies to enhance mitigation of similar problems in those areas. The plan should be defined in terms of budget requirements and services to be provided. Integration of marketing, (including both paid and earned media), education and sustained high-visibility enforcement, based on data analysis, has proven to be an effective countermeasure to locations with high incidents of crashes in local areas.

National mobilizations and crackdowns occur twice yearly, focusing on impaired driving and occupant protection. In any statewide enforcement plan, the mobilizations and crackdowns should be part of the plan, in addition to any other special enforcement efforts that are to be conducted on the State and local level. Information on the mobilizations and crackdowns may be obtained from the NHTSA Web sites www.nhtsa.dot.gov or www.stopimpaireddriving.org.

Traffic law enforcement projects should be implemented with consideration to officer safety. Project development should ensure that sufficient training and adequate resources and equipment are provided so law enforcement officers can perform their duties in the safest possible manner.