Every year, the National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC) recognizes law enforcement agencies for traffic safety programs that address occupant protection, impaired driving, speeding, and state/local issues. Of the 2012 winners, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were honored with two awards for their efforts in traffic safety education and enforcement: the Speed Awareness Award and the Clayton J. Hall Memorial Award.
Significant to these efforts was the OPP’s Provincial Traffic Safety Program (PTSP), which focused on the “big four” high risk driving behaviors of aggressive driving, drinking and driving, lack of occupant restraints, and distracted driving. These enforcement efforts were further bolstered by educational campaigns, extensive media coverage and PSAs, and comprehensive officer training. The OPP’s holistic approach of using high-visibility enforcement, public awareness, intelligence-led strategies, and the media to enforce and educate about traffic safety issues resulted in 103 fewer highway, trail, and waterway deaths in 2012 as compared to 2007.
Overall, the NLEC’s recognition of the important work that the OPP and many other law enforcement agencies are conducting within their communities allows for agencies nationwide to learn from one another and establish future goals in traffic safety enforcement and education. All law enforcement agencies are urged to participate in the National Law Enforcement Challenge. Information about the challenge, a “How To” Guide, and the online application can all be found at the IACP NLEC webpage. To be considered for the 2014 awards, submissions must be completed by 11:59 on May 1, 2014.