LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY

Projects

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Current Projects

Surveillance of nonfatal injuries among law enforcement officers
The purpose of this project is to collect detailed data on nonfatal occupational injury and exposure data on law enforcement officers who were injured or exposed on-duty and treated in hospital emergency departments (EDs). The project is funded through an interagency agreement with the National Institute of Justice.

Project contact: Hope M. Tiesman, Ph.D.
Division of Safety Research
(304) 285-6067; HTiesman@cdc.gov
Project period: 2018-2022

Law Enforcement Officer Motor Vehicle Crash and Struck-by Fatality Investigations
This project uses the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) model to investigate motor vehicle-related occupational fatalities of law enforcement officers in the United States. These investigations identify risk factors for fatal motor vehicle-related events that are used to construct prevention recommendations. These recommendations are shared with law enforcement agencies across the U.S. with the goal of reducing law enforcement officer motor vehicle-related deaths.

Project contact: Nancy Romano
Division of Safety Research
(304) 285-5889; NRomano@cdc.gov

Past Projects

Law Enforcement Officer Motor Vehicle Crash and Struck-by Fatality Investigations: A Pilot Program
This project is using the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) model to investigate motor vehicle-related occupational fatalities of law enforcement officers in the United States. These investigations are identifying risk factors for fatal motor vehicle-related events that will be used to construct prevention recommendations. These recommendations will be shared with law enforcement agencies across the U.S. with the goal of reducing law enforcement officer motor vehicle-related deaths. The project is funded through an interagency agreement with the National Institute of Justice.

Project contact: Paul Moore
Division of Safety Research
Project period: 2014-2017

Evaluation of an Occupational Motor-Vehicle Crash Prevention Program in Law Enforcement
The focus of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of a comprehensive motor-vehicle crash prevention program in a large metropolitan police department to reduce the incidence of motor-vehicle crashes and resulting injuries. The second objective is to develop a plan to encourage other law enforcement agencies to replicate the elements of the program that are discovered to be effective. The project is funded through an interagency agreement with the National Institute of Justice.

Project contact: Hope M. Tiesman, Ph.D.
Division of Safety Research
(304) 285-6067 HTiesman@cdc.gov
Project period: 2014-2017

Cops & Cars: Reducing LEO Deaths in Motor Vehicle Crashes
This research study identified the perceptions, policies, and practices of law enforcement officers that could affect their use of seatbelts while in patrol vehicles through a comprehensive survey. The final report discusses the prevalence of motor-vehicle crashes, frequency of seatbelt use, barriers to seatbelt use, and recommendations for agencies to reduce motor-vehicle crashes. This information will raise awareness of the importance that motor vehicles play in the mortality of law enforcement officers and further explore methods to increase prevention practices.

Project contact: Hope M. Tiesman, Ph.D.
Division of Safety Research
(304) 285-6067 HTiesman@cdc.gov
Project period: 2009-2012

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