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NCJ Number: 52089 Find in a Library
Title: MARYLAND - OVERVIEW OF TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT CONCEPTS
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Maryland Police Training Cmssn
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Maryland Dept of Transportation

Maryland Police Training Cmssn
Pikesville, MD 21208
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
Washington, DC 20590
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: BASIC INFORMATION ON THE RATIONALE, OBJECTIVES, AND PROCEDURES OF TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT IN MARYLAND IS PRESENTED IN A SELF-INSTRUCTIONAL TRAINING AID FOR ENTRY-LEVEL POLICE.
Abstract: THE FORMULA FOR CALCULATING THE ENFORCEMENT INDEX--A MEASURE OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT IN A GIVEN JURISDICTION--IS EXPLAINED. (THE INDEX EQUALS THE NUMBER OF CONVICTIONS WITH PENALTIES FOR HAZARDOUS OFFENSES DIVIDED BY THE NUMBER OF FATAL AND PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENTS. THE IDEAL INDEX REPRESENTS THE BALANCE POINT BETWEEN INCREASING ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS WITH NO APPLICABLE REDUCTION IN THE ACCIDENT RATE AND DECREASING ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS THAT PERMIT A CONTINUED INCREASE IN ACCIDENTS.) SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT--AN EFFICIENCY OF OPERATION NECESSARY BECAUSE POLICE AGENCIES DO NOT HAVE ADEQUATE RESOURCES TO ENFORCE ALL TRAFFIC LAWS AT ALL TIMES--IS DISCUSSED. TRAFFIC SURVEILLANCE PURPOSES AND METHODS ARE OUTLINED, WITH REFERENCE TO TECHNIQUES FOR TRAFFIC PATROL, STATIONARY TRAFFIC OBSERVATION, AND TRAFFIC SCREENING (ROAD CHECKS). THE FOUR TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO POLICE OFFICERS--WARNING, CITATION, ARREST, AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT REPAIR ORDER--ARE DESCRIBED, AND SITUATIONS IN WHICH EACH IS APPLICABLE ARE CITED. MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS ARE INCLUDED AS A STUDY AID. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Maryland; Police training; Self instructional materials; Traffic law enforcement training; Traffic monitoring
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