Transportation Secretary Slater Announces Award Of $400,000 to Combat Aggressive Driving
Topics: Rodney E. Slater
May 31, 2000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 31, 2000
Contact: NHTSA, Tim Hurd, (202) 366-9550
Indianapolis, Tucson Win Federal Grants To Begin Aggressive Driving Demonstration Projects
U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater today announced the award of $200,000 each to the police departments of Indianapolis and Tucson, Ariz., for 18-month-long aggressive driving demonstration projects.
"Aggressive driving threatens public safety," Secretary Slater said. "These two projects will go a long way toward increasing our understanding of aggressive driving and making our roads safer, our communities more liveable and setting an example for other communities to follow."
The department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will work closely with officials from each community to improve understanding of the problem of aggressive driving and possible solutions.
"Combining federal dollars and local community partnerships is a great way to develop creative solutions that communities across the country can adapt to their own needs," NHTSA Deputy Administrator Rosalyn G. Millman, said.
Indianapolis and Tucson were among 57 cities invited to submit aggressive driving enforcement and public information and education demonstration projects. Both Indianapolis and Tucson will conduct high-visibility aggressive driving enforcement in combination with a high-profile public awareness effort - designed to reduce aggressive driving behavior. These projects will help NHTSA identify enforcement strategies and public awareness messages which seem to affect voluntary compliance. Evaluators will examine the changes in the crash frequency rate of each city, providing baseline data, particularly where violations typically associated with aggressive driving were listed as contributing factors.
These grants are follow-ons to a demonstration project awarded in October 1998 to the Milwaukee Police Department to demonstrate and evaluate an innovative enforcement and public information and education program designed to reduce aggressive driving. Preliminary reports from Milwaukee indicate that the project there resulted in a reduction of aggressive driving behavior. The final report on that program is expected this summer.
These demonstration projects are part of a NHTSA's effort to develop a comprehensive program that also includes:
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