Reducing Traffic Fatalities in Urban and Rural Areas: Notes from NIJ’s LEADS Program

Reducing Traffic Fatalities in Urban and Rural Areas: Notes from NIJ's LEADS Program
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2019-08-01
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Reducing Traffic Fatalities in Urban and Rural Areas
Unit 2 Recording: Reducing Traffic Fatalities in Urban and Rural Areas

Sergeant James Williams with the Metro Nashville Police Department discusses how his agency used data to develop targeted traffic intervention strategies to reduce car crashes and their associated harms in a metropolitan area, implementing a High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) campaign. Captain Ken Clary, Iowa State Patrol, outlines an evidence-based, proactive strategy being tested in a rural area to deter and prevent fatal crashes. Both efforts pay close attention to dosage, aiming to impact driving behavior with short, intermittent applications of police visibility and enforcement.


Audience Comments:

  • “Wow! NIJ LEADS program is very newsworthy. All States need to have such extraordinary programs. Very enlightening discussion with both speakers, Ken and James. Very interesting that rural (IOWA) and metro areas(( Metro Nashville, TN) have the same dilemmas. Most shocking is that 6% of the drivers cause 46% of the fatalities in Iowa (seatbelts are NOT being used by these 6%). Amazing stats!” — Pamela
  • “I really liked Captain Clary’s evaluation method is “success is not measured in citations or arrests but through crash reduction”. Great measurement!” — Alyssa
  • “It’s always great to hear what other parts of the country are experiencing and how they may deal with the situations that are similar in my own jurisdiction. It gives the opportunity to strategize about best practices and what we can do to develop our own traffic safety programs.” — Jeffrey
  • “This is an important topic and although we have data-driven analysis in place for our traffic enforcement, there were points brought up in the webinar that we had not considered.” — Ken
  • “I have been a municipal Officer (’76-’77), but I’m a retired Trooper (’77-’10 & last 4 1/2 served as Colonel), so I am very familiar with DDACTS! This was a refresher for me as a Chief (since Aug ’11), and I would love to have some of our folks here see various webinars!!! 69 budgeted Sworn, but especially 3 Patrol Lieutenants and 6 Patrol Sergeants!!! These folks today did an excellent job of taking the material of the “concept” and relating it to actual usage results!!!” — Mike
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