Norman PD has new way to track, reduce traffic violations

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NORMAN, Okla. — The Norman Police Department has implemented the most up to date and innovative operational model for deploying law enforcement and other resources for the purposes of reducing traffic collisions and crime.

Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) uses the integration of location-based crime and traffic data to establish effective and efficient methods in order to reduce the incidence of crime, crashes and traffic violations in the community.

Data has shown that sustained, high visibility traffic enforcement can significantly reduce the frequency of traffic collisions and certain categories of crimes in the vicinity of the enforcement.  Through crime analysis, the Norman Police Department has identified zones where their resources are most likely to influence the reductions.

During the month of February, the Norman Police Department will concentrate resources in the areas of Main Street between NW 24th Avenue and Ed Noble Parkway and West Lindsey Street between Flood Avenue and SW 24th Avenue.  Based upon the February five year traffic overview and the previous 90 day traffic overview, reports show the probability of 12 to 20 traffic collisions taking place in these areas during the month of February.

Officers will focus on violations shown to be the previous contributing factors for those collisions, such as following too closely, failure to yield, inattentive driving, failure to a wear seat belt, and failure to obey traffic signals.

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