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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $220,563)
The purpose of this research is to provide new information about the causes of law enforcement officer vehicle crashes and injuries that can inform the development of interventions to reduce the risk from vehicle crashes. The specific objectives of the proposed project are to collect new data about the direct and indirect factors leading to vehicle crashes and to officer injuries associated with those crashes and identify and prioritize recommendations for policies, practices, and technology development that will reduce the number of officers killed and injured in traffic crashes. Data will be collected at the individual crash-level from a nationwide sample of law enforcement departments. When possible, these prospective data will be augmented by historical data previously gathered by departments participating in the study.
This award completes funding for 2011-IJ-CX-K013. This competitive award was made in response to a proposal submitted by RAND Corporation to an NIJ FY2011 solicitation "Officer Traffic Safety Research and Technology Development for Criminal Justice Applications". This project was only partially funded with the initial award. Between 2001 and 2010 traffic accidents were the leading cause of law enforcement officer line-of-duty deaths. This research will examine the factors associated with those accidents as well as factors that influenced the types and severity of injuries that result from them. This research will be used to develop and prioritize solutions to reducing the number of officers injured and killed in traffic crashes.