Destination Zero Project

Traffic Safety Award Finalists

2015 Officer Traffic Safety Award Finalist

LOS ANGELES (CA) POLICE DEPARTMENT

Acknowledging the approaching 25th anniversary of the fatal traffic crash between two Los Angeles (CA) Police Department cruisers that claimed the lives of three officers and injured one other, and recognizing the constant need to improve seatbelt usage, the department produced a traffic safety video to reduce crashes and increase seatbelt usage.  The video was designed to both educate and raise awareness of the importance of belt usage by officers.  In 2014, officers viewed the video during roll call and new recruits viewed it during academy classes.  Department-wide, between the first quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, seatbelt usage increased from approximately 84% to 89%.  The department’s South Bureau experienced the highest increase, with first quarter usage at 76% and fourth quarter usage rising to 86%, an increase of roughly 13%.

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2015 Officer Traffic Safety Award Finalist

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY (MD) POLICE DEPARTMENT

In 2013, the Department instituted the ‘Arrive Alive” program, which focuses on reducing crashes and injuries. They instituted a mandatory two-hour training session on vehicle safety and good driving habits taught by Command Staff. This top-down approach to improving driver safety was followed by a weekly message from Command Staff to further illustrate their driving safety policies and procedures. A year after implementation of this safety initiative, it is estimated that 70-75% of the officers are now regularly wearing their seatbelts—a dramatic improvement.  Further, the department crash rate has decreased by almost 25%.

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