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Albuquerque Safe Streets (posted 09-28-2001)
From a geographic link between traffic crashes and criminal activities, Albuquerque started the Safe Streets Program in 1997 which focused on saturation patrols, follow-up patrols, freeway speed enforcement, and sobriety checkpoints. This report documents results on criminal activities, traffic safety, and unobtrusive measures of program effects.

Contributions of Traffic Enforcement to the War on Crime PDF version (HTML) version of gpfor2.pdf, 16K, (posted 04-95)
Documentation of how the Grand Prairie, Texas, Police Department's traffic enforcement activities are responsible for the large numbers of both criminal and traffic-related arrests. This report presents the results of a brief review conducted of the traffic enforcement activities of the Grand Prairie Police Department and how traffic officers contributed to the solution of crimes and the apprehension of criminal suspects, as well as to improvements in traffic safety.

Crash Reconstruction Basics for Prosecutors: Targeting Hardcore Impaired Drivers
This publication serves as a primer for prosecutors on the basic science, investigative techniques and questions to ask. Produced by the American Prosecutors Research Institute, 2003. For more information and to order these publications visit the American Prosecutors Research Institute:

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Looking Beyond the Ticket
Law enforcement administrators are searching for new ways to do business and for more efficient and effective uses of existing resources. Proactive traffic enforcement (a standard tool from this century) and "looking beyond the ticket" are effective tools that can assist in meeting these challenges.

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Peoria Experience (The) (available in .pdf 239K)
Over a three year period (1994 through 1996), Peoria experienced significant reductions in violent crimes, property crimes and traffic crashes. How did they do it? New leadership brought traffic enforcement back to the forefront as a valued way of doing business . . . and got results.

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Strengthening The Citizen and Law Enforcement Partnership at The Traffic Stop: Professionalism is a Two-Way posted 2000
Building better community relations is still one of the primary concerns of law enforcement throughout the country. That is why every action by a law enforcement officer has a bearing on the relationship of the agency with the community.

The Traffic Stop & You - Improving Communications Between Citizens & Law Enforcement (posted 5-01)
This brochure is designed to educate both citizens and law enforcement about expectations during a traffic stop. Understanding what is expected from both parties improves communication, helps to reduce anxieties, and improves the public's understanding about the need for traffic law enforcement. Improved communication is also the first step in eliminating community-based divisiveness and creating community-based partnership. Building bridges from law enforcement to the community should occur one traffic stop at a time.

Understanding Bias-Based Traffic Law Enforcement (posted 08-19-03)
Criminal profiling is not new to traffic law enforcement or the communities they serve. In fact, it is one of the oldest tools known to law enforcement. Criminal profiling is a legitimate investigative instrument. However, the practice of bias-based traffic law enforcement based solely on race, gender, religion, physical attribute or belief is not. The purpose of the manual is to present an assortment of tools for law enforcement managers and officers to utilize within their respective departments when addressing bias-based traffic law enforcement including a self-assessment and resource section.

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What Happens if I'm Stopped by an Officer of the Law? (English) .pdf Also available in (Spanish) HTML and .pdf
Pull off to the right side of the roadway and position your vehicle as far out of thelane of traffic as possible.