Police Enforcement Is a Necessary Factor to Road Safety
The experts shared knowledge and experiences in eliminating road traffic fatalities during the meeting, and Bloomberg Philanthropies published a list of 10 lessons highlighting the importance of implementing road safety laws though police enforcement:
1- Police work needs high-level political support on the municipal and governmental level.
2- Police work needs to be backed by partnerships with communities, politicians, healthcare providers, etc.
3- The number of police officers in a given region must be in accordance with the overall population in order to enhance road safety measures.
4- Police enforcement can help reveal the true number of road fatalities or injuries, since these latter are currently underreported.
5- Police enforcement and deterrence efforts can help improve the behaviour of drivers and thus maintain road safety.
6- Rebranding road police by changing the name of the force or its uniforms can help improve their public profile.
7- Police forces must use automated enforcement, such as breathalysers, cameras and radars.
8- Police forces might perform better if they reflect their community’s gender and racial makeup.
9- Media advocacy of enforcement efforts can make a big difference in police work.
10- Enforcing road safety laws can help generate revenue for municipalities and prevent healthcare costs associated with road fatalities or injuries.