NHTSA created Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations: A How-to Guide as a guidance document to support law enforcement operations to prevent pedestrian deaths. The guide is available on line at no cost.
To Our Law Enforcement and Highway Safety Partners:
In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes, which is a 6 percent increase over the previous year. Over the past 10 years, the percentage of pedestrians killed has increased from 11 to 14 percent of all fatalities. More Americans are walking as a healthy alternative to driving on short trips, and we have a responsibility to protect their safety. At the U.S. Department of Transportation, safety-including the safety of pedestrians- is our top priority.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created a guidance document to support law enforcement operations to prevent pedestrian deaths, titled, “Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations: A How-to Guide.” This guide is intended to help law enforcement and public safety officials develop and execute pedestrian safety enforcement operations in an efficient and effective way to improve safety in your communities. The guide was developed with the input of dozens of law enforcement professionals, pedestrian safety experts, and highway safety offices to provide the users with helpful information to develop and manage pedestrian enforcement operations.
The guide is available on line at www.NHTSA.gov/staticfiles/nti/pdf/812059-PedestrianSafetyEnforceOperaHowToGuide.pdf. It is available to you at no cost, and we encourage you to download and share the information with your partners and stakeholders. We thank you for the dedication and commitment you display every day to keep our roads and highways safe. We hope this new pedestrian safety enforcement guide will be of value to you, and that it will serve to support your efforts to reduce pedestrian fatalities.
Anthony R. Foxx
U.S. Department of Transportation
Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration