The report contains an evaluation of the Fort Lauderdale Selective Traffic Enforcement Program. There were two components to the STEP: (1) use of trained civilian employees to investigate traffic accidents, and (2) use of a uniformed task force in selective enforcement. The use of civilians to investigate accidents is an idea that has been frequently discussed but never completely tested. The Fort Lauderdale project demonstrated that the concept is viable and operationally feasible. The evaluation showed that training of civilians was a key element. Once trained, the civilians performed better traffic accident investigations and wrote better reports than their police counterparts. The second part of the Fort Lauderdale project involved the formation of a STEP Task Force which conducted five experiments. Results were mixed as to impact on traffic accidents.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Fort Lauderdale City Police Dept., Fla.
  • Corporate Authors:

    PRC Public Management Services, Incorporated

    7600 Old Springhouse Road
    McLean, VA  United States  22101

    Fort Lauderdale City Police Department

    Fort Lauderdale, FL  United States 

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • FRANCIS, D
    • McEwen, T
    • LYNN, P
  • Publication Date: 1976-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 306 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00143976
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-801-955 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-259-2-463
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 15 1977 12:00AM