Traffic Problems & Accidents
Problem:: Persistent traffic accidents, speeding, or other motor vehicle violations.


1. Identify the specific nature and location of the problem and the possible causes of that problem. Use crime analysis information, if available, information from traffic units, or past call history information at that area. Talk to pedestrians or residents in the area to obtain a better picture of the problem.

2. Work with the traffic unit and municipality to implement solutions, which may include traffic cameras, speed bumps, signage, speed cameras, or license plate recognition (LPR) technology.

3. Increase patrol visibility at peak problem times, combined with citations and the use of LPR connected to motor vehicle violations related to the specific problem.

4. For traffic problems around specific situations, such as bar closing times, work with traffic enforcement to consider placing barriers to redirect traffic and/or pedestrian movement.

5. Consider employing an approach called “DDACTS”, or Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety.

6. The traffic unit may have an analytic approach to determine the “top ten (or 15, 20, etc.)” intersections/streets with traffic problems. Consider conducting traffic stops and visible patrol at those locations during peak hours of accidents and moving violations in-between calls for service.


SARA Model Refresher

CPTED Refresher

Situational Crime Prevention Refresher

In an effort to provide helpful suggestions in areas that have not yet been fully studied or evaluated, we have included ideas for responses and activities that may not yet be considered evidence-based or evidence-informed. Therefore, not all actions and strategies included within this App are evidence-based or evidence-informed.