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Title: INDIANA Traffic Occupant Protection Strategies


1
INDIANA Traffic Occupant Protection Strategies
  • Enforcement and Action Planning

2
Restraint Use in Fatal Crashes Passenger Vehicle
Occupants Killed, by Age and Restraint Use, 2005
3
Percent of Injuries Unrestrained Indiana 2007
Crash Facts Book
4
What Works?
  • High Visibility Enforcement
  • Creating the perception that not buckling up
    will result in a citation

5
Targeted Enforcement
  • Defined periods of earned media, paid media, and
    intensive enforcement
  • Paid advertisement placement using Click It or
    Ticket or similar enforcement messages
  • Program evaluations including before, during, and
    after observation surveys of belt use and surveys
    of public perceptions of the program

6
Sustained Enforcement
  • The goal of all law enforcement should be the
    expectation of the public to receive a citation
    anytime they are not wearing a seat belt
    whether during or outside of the enforcement
    period.

7
Other Benefits?
  • What are some of the other benefits resulting
    from sustained or targeted enforcement?

8
More Than Just Seat Belt Tickets Results from
Blitz 55 (May 16 - June 1, 2008)
  • DWI Arrests (during seat belt patrols only) 99
  • Occupant Protection Citations 24,557
  • Criminal Felonies 100
  • Suspended Licenses 941
  • Speeding 2,714
  • Other Alcohol Traffic Offenses 1,678
  • Criminal Misdemeanor Offenses 331
  • Contacts Per Hour - 3.30

9
More Than Just Seat Belt Tickets Fiscal Year 2008
OPO Blitzes Only
  • DWI Arrests 1,862
  • Occupant Protection Citations 58,369
  • Criminal Felonies 475
  • Suspended Licenses 3,715
  • Speeding 12,083
  • Other Alcohol Traffic Offenses 8,586
  • Criminal Misdemeanor Offenses 1,837
  • Contacts Per Hour - 3.12

10
Just a Traffic Stop?
  • Can you cite examples of how a traffic stop grew
    into a larger case?

11
Enforcement
  • Traffic enforcement IS crime prevention and
    interdiction!

12
Operation Pull Over
  • Standard Operating Procedures

13
Standard Operating Procedures - OPO
  • All personnel shall take a zero tolerance
    approach toward violations of the laws regarding
    passenger restraints systems. All personnel shall
    be properly restrained while riding in a
    department owned vehicle.
  • PROCEDURE Enforcement
  • A vehicle may be stopped to determine compliance
    with Indiana law regarding passenger restraint
    systems. However, a vehicle, the contents, the
    driver or passenger may not be inspected,
    searched or detained solely because of a
    violation of this type.
  • Each officer should insure that the use of
    passenger restraints is addressed at every
    traffic enforcement contact, including positive
    reinforcement if proper use of the passenger
    restraint is observed. All occupants, as required
    by Indiana law, should be checked for compliance.
  • This would include all passengers in vehicles
    operated by a driver with a graduated license.
    When passenger restraints are not being used
    correctly, officers should provide the
    appropriate educational information to encourage
    their proper use. This information may be
    provided in verbal or written form. In the
    non-use or intentional misuse of passenger
    restraints is noted, the appropriate enforcement
    action should be taken.
  • Officers working overtime enforcement are
    required to maintain a minimum average of 3
    contacts per hour, and an average of 1.5 Occupant
    Protection citations. When working DUI overtime
    patrols, the minimum average of DUI arrests is
    one per 8 hours.
  • TRAINING
  • All personnel who perform traffic enforcement
    activities should complete an approved SFST and
    TOPS course. Officers not complying with the
    training requirements prior to the Memorial Day
    OPO blitz will not be allowed to work overtime
    with Council funding.

14
Why Enforce?
  • Nothing you can do as a law enforcement officer
    has as much potential to save lives and prevent
    injury as enforcing occupant protection laws.

15
Course Wrap-Up
  • We identified the risks to law enforcement
  • We discussed the importance and value of using
    seat belts
  • We discussed basic crash dynamics
  • We discussed the basic components of occupant
    protection systems
  • We discussed strategies and action planning to
    reduce the injuries and deaths resulting from
    crashes

16
  • Questions?

17
End-of-Course Evaluation
  • Your input is important to us!
  • Please complete the end-of-course evaluation
    before leaving today.
  • Thank You!

18
Thank You for Your Participation
  • For more information
  • www.nhtsa.gov
  • www.in.gov/cji
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