STATE HIGHWAY PATROLS - THEIR FUNCTIONS AND FINANCING

LAW ENFORCEMENT, ON OR OFF THE HIGHWAYS, IS A NEVER-ENDING PROCESS. THE STATE AGENCY RESPONSIBLE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS CHANGED CONSIDERABLY OVER THE YEARS AS MORE AND MORE ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED TO IT. IN MANY INSTANCES THE INCREASED ACTIVITY HAS NOT ALWAYS INCLUDED AN ACCOMPANYING INCREASE IN PERSONNEL OR THE MONEY TO SUPPORT IT. TODAY, THE PROBLEMS CONFRONTING THE TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY ARE INCREASING ALONG WITH THE MILES OF LIMITED ACCESS HIGH-SPEED ROADS. THE TOLL ROADS, THROUGH THEIR ADVERTISING MEDIA, HAVE PLACED CONSIDERABLE EMPHASIS ON THEIR ABILITY TO PROVIDE ALL TYPES OF SERVICES AND AIDS TO MOTORISTS. OBVIOUSLY, ADDITIONAL MANPOWER IS REQUIRED BY THE POLICE AGENCIES TO PROVIDE THESE MOTORIST AIDS. ADDITIONAL MANPOWER MEANS ADDITIONAL COSTS. THE MAJORITY OF TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES RECEIVE THEIR SUPPORT FROM HIGHWAY-USER REVENUES, WHICH IS RECOGNIZED BY THE BUREAU OF PUBLIC ROADS AS A PROPER HIGHWAY EXPENDITURE. THE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AND DEATHS EACH YEAR IS INCREASING SO THAT IT APPEARS THE FINANCIAL MEANS NECESSARY TO EXPAND THESE HIGHWAY PATROLS WOULD BE MONEY WELL INVESTED.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 32-64
  • Monograph Title: Highway finance and benefits
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00200936
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Dec 22 1994 12:00AM