The Future of Automated Traffic Enforcement and Public Acceptance (BTS-42)

Automated enforcement is widely used as a supplement to the traditional use of law enforcement officers. The use of photo enforcement technology has increased in recent years following societal questioning of the use of law enforcement officers for traffic enforcement, as well as increasing officer vacancy rates in many law enforcement agencies.

The Future Use of Law Enforcement Personnel and Traffic Safety Enforcement (BTS-41)

In recent years the role of traffic law enforcement, and its function, have changed. And the numbers of sworn law enforcement officers in many jurisdictions have declined due to increased vacancy rates. Many states have placed limitations on law enforcement personnel efforts to engage in traffic safety law enforcement in various ways.

The Last Impaired Mile: Challenges of Impaired Mobility in a Multimodal World (BTS-39)

The traffic safety community has worked for decades to put a taboo on impaired driving. While there remains a great deal of work still to do, progress has been made. For example, in recent years there has been anecdotal evidence of an increase in the number of individuals who drive to the end of a transit or commuter rail line, take transit or commuter rail into the city where they become impaired, take transit or commuter rail back to their car, and then drive home once returning to their car.

Slow Down Move Over Best Practices (BTS-38)

Slow Down Move Over (SDMO) laws, which have been enacted by all states, represent a new and potentially misunderstood measure to protect first responders and disabled motorists from dangers associated with being stopped along roadways. It is estimated that one-third of Americans are not aware of these laws. Violation of SDMO laws can result in fines and in some cases jail time. State highway safety offices (SHSOs) are looking for ways to support SDMOs.

Equitable Driving Training for All Youth (BTS-37)

Equitable access to driver training for youth presents a significant challenge. Research has identified disparities in the quality, availability, and affordability of driver education across different communities, particularly impacting low-income and rural areas. Lack of equitable driver training contributes to varying levels of driving skill and knowledge among young drivers, potentially leading to increased risks on the road. There is a need to understand the root causes of these disparities and their impact on traffic safety.

Review of Behavioral Traffic Safety Efforts Undertaken by State Highway Safety Offices and Other Safety Organizations to Engage Underserved Communities (BTS-34)

The objective of this is research is to document efforts undertaken by SHSOs and other highway safety organizations to increase engagement with underserved communities and develop a noteworthy practices guide, including lessons learned and recommendations. 

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