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Planning and Coordination

letter Centralized program planning, implementation, and coordination are essential for achieving and sustaining effective statewide traffic enforcement programs. Programs should use a bottom-up approach to statewide traffic safety programming aimed at mitigating specific traffic-related problems at the local level. Incorporating those issues into a statewide plan is an effective means of coordination. Traffic crashes are local events, and the strategies and interventions employed to mitigate them should be implemented at the local level. As traffic related problems vary with location, a comprehensive traffic safety program, which is customized to address the local conditions, will be optimally effective at reducing motor vehicle crashes statewide.

Every State has appointed a Governor's Representative (GR) to facilitate the State's Highway Safety Plan through each State's Highway Safety Office (SHSO). The GR's are coordinated nationally by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)iii. To maximize statewide program impact on local jurisdiction issues, the SHSO, with the endorsement of the GR, should partner with State, county, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to ensure that planning and coordinating functions are performed efficiently and compliment the State's traffic enforcement program. These partnerships are best fostered through the development of traffic enforcement committees, facilitated by the SHSO, that include law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and courts (when possible), citizen groups, and traffic safety advocate groups. Traffic engineering representatives at the State, county, local, and tribal level should be included. In carrying out its responsibility of centralized program planning and coordination, the SHSO should:

  • provide leadership, training, and technical assistance to State, county, and local law enforcement agencies;

  • coordinate traffic enforcement and other traffic safety program areas including:

    • support for mobilization initiatives for occupant protection, impaired driving, aggressive driving, etc. NHTSA and other State, county, local, and tribal agencies support and facilitate numerous traffic enforcement mobilizations during the year. Local agencies should incorporate these mobilizations into their overall traffic law enforcement plans, particularly whenaddressing specific problems, with coordination of the SHSO to maximize continuity throughout the State;

  • develop and implement a comprehensive plan for all traffic enforcement activities, in cooperation with law enforcement leaders. In order to maximize effectiveness, the plan should support initiatives at the local level and coordinate those initiatives statewide;

  • generate broad-based support for enforcement programs; and

  • integrate traffic enforcement into community/corridor traffic safety and other injury prevention programs.