Driving Safety Programs
Safety Over Speed- In 2007, the Fayetteville Police Department formed the Safety Over Speed (SOS) Coalition. The mission of SOS was to develop creative and innovative approaches designed to address and reduce the serious issue of speeding and reckless driving to protect all citizens of our community. In 2010, the Community Wellness Public Safety Council (CWSPC) was formed and SOS was reorganized as a subcommittee of the CWSPC.
CARS Program- The Fayetteville Police Department identifies high traffic accident locations (intersections and roadways) where car crashes occur more frequently through its Crash Analysis Reduction Strategy (CARS). The data reviewed for selective enforcement initiatives includes locations with a high frequency of accidents, areas that citizens have highlighted as problematic, and where crime and vehicle accident data overlays identify an opportunity to prevent and reduce crime.
The Traffic Safety Unit will identify on a weekly basis the top ten intersections for motor vehicle accidents and disseminate these locations to the patrol districts for traffic enforcement and high visibility support. Of the ten intersections, the Traffic Safety Unit will be responsible for the CARS initiative. Three locations will be identified for targeted enforcement utilizing written warnings and state citations for raising awareness levels and altering motorist behavior at these locations.
A press release will be disseminated the week prior advising of the three locations where focused enforcement will occur each day at each location. The press release will include the enforcement results of the prior week to include a breakdown of the traffic and warning citations issued and the violations cited.
IDLE- Another program started around the same time as SOS is IDLE (I Drive the Limit Everywhere), a program where drivers pledge to obey traffic laws.
Community Wellness Public Safety Council (CWPSC)-The CWSPC is a multi-agency council that brings together law enforcement agencies, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and members of the public find ways of addressing the underlying conditions that contribute to crime, disorder, and public safety concerns.
Community Wellness Public Safety Council
Speed Sentries- Speed Sentries are another tool utilized by our Traffic Unit and Patrol Districts to monitor speeding in areas throughout the city. The signs are mobile and can be moved throughout the city.
These signs are placed in areas where speeding complaints have been received by residents or officers have noticed what they believe to be an increase in speeding in the area.
The signs record the speed and the time of day of passing vehicles. The data collected from these signs allow supervisors to deploy officers where needed to help enforce speeding laws.
For more information, or if you would like to request a speed sentry for your neighborhood, contact the Traffic Unit at (910) 433-1036, or Crime Prevention Specialists at (910) 433-1033 (Cross Creek District) or 433-1034 (Cambellton District).
Booze Buggy- The traffic Unit utilizes the Booze Buggy for DWI prevention education. This program is open to licensed adults 16 and older. With the use of Fatal Vision Googles, the driver can operate the Booe Buggy through a driving course. The program is designed to educate the motoring public about the effects impairing substances have on driving abilities by simulating the effects of drunk driving through practical hands-on exercises. Call 433-1036 or 433-1060.
Don't Text and Drive- The Fayetteville Police Department, with support senior management, partnered with the Fayetteville Fireantz to produce Public Safety Announcements featuring hockey players and police officers warning about the dangers of texting and driving.
Don't Text and Drive PSA's