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A Guide For Law Enforcement Agencies Considering Implementing A Motorcycle Patrol Unit


Table of Contents

 

AcknowledgmentsThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Sheriffs? Association express their appreciation to Harley Davidson Police Sales and the following law enforcement agencies whose contributions made the development of this guide possible: 

  • Alabama Department of Public Safety 
  • Arizona Department of Public Safety
  • Calcasieu Parish, LA Sheriff?s Office 
  • Charlotte/Mecklenberg PD, NC 
  • Fairfax County, VA Sheriff?s Department
  • Jefferson Parish, LA Sheriff?s Office 
  • Lafourche Parish, LA Sheriff?s Office 
  • Pueblo of Acoma, NM Tribal Police Department 
  • St. Charles Parish, LA Sheriff?s Office 
  • Terrbonne Parish, LA Sheriff?s Office 
  • Webb County, TX Sheriff?s Office 
  • Will County, IL Sheriff?s Office

Preface

Motor vehicle crashes are a major public health problem. Each year, more than 41,000 people are killed and more than 3 million individuals are injured on our Nation?s roadways. The economic impact on our country as a result of these deaths and injuries exceeds $150 billion annually. One traffic enforcement method being implemented in law enforcement agencies across the country is Motorcycle Traffic Enforcement. These patrol units are assisting law enforcement agencies in their efforts to reduce the incidences of aggressive driving, impaired driving, speeding, and red light running. Other priority enforcement concerns for agencies at all levels are seatbelt and child safety seat usage, for which motorcycle patrol units could play a significant role in assisting with enforcement. Use of the Motorcycle Patrol Unit dates to 1909, when mounted officers abandoned their horses in lieu of transportation that could keep up with the rapidly evolving motor vehicle. (The horse-mounted officer heritage can still be seen in the present day motorcycle patrol officer uniform.) Today, many law enforcement agencies have improved their traffic safety services by restoring and/or have started motorcycle patrol units. These specialized enforcement units are capable of diverse assignments and have proven to be beneficial in their ability to easily access traffic crash scenes on congested roadways. Motorcycles, due to their build, can reach a crash scene more quickly than their four-wheeled counterparts. This allows officers to provide a rapid response in assessing the damage and arranging for necessary emergency medical services. It also allows the officer to begin a preliminary crash investigation and determine what resources will be needed to restore the normal flow of traffic. This immediate response not only aids in preventing serious injuries or even death, but also may reduce the incidence of secondary crashes triggered by the initial incident. Thus, lessening the impact a crash has on the motoring public. In rural residential areas, where narrow streets make it difficult to deploy patrol cars as an observation platform, motorcycle patrol units are often used to enforce traffic statutes. In this application, motorcycle patrol officers can also assume a community-policing role. Citizens typically tend to be more comfortable approaching an officer on a motorcycle without the perceived barrier of an enclosed vehicle. Often, the mere presence of the motorcycle is enough to foster a dialogue between the officer and citizen. Motorcycle patrol officers have also been called upon to conduct traffic safety presentations to various civic groups and organizations and are frequently used for dignitary escort and ceremonial duties.

Introduction

This publication is designed to provide practical information to assist law enforcement agencies in implementing a motorcycle patrol unit. In preparing the publication, various law enforcement agencies, representing a variety of jurisdictions from around the country, were consulted. For the purposes of this Guide, emphasis was placed on those agencies that have recently mobilized a motorcycle unit. Many of which cited increased traffic congestion, outdated roadways for current traffic patterns, and expanded opportunities for officer advancement as reasons for implementing such a unit. Agencies with established motorcycle units expressed the same reasons for continuing their units, finding them to be an invaluable part of their overall traffic enforcement mission. Major police motorcycle manufacturers were also polled to ascertain the number of agencies that have recently implemented motorcycle patrol units. Many manufacturers reported increased sales from agencies purchasing motorcycles.  The information presented in this Guide is based on the policies, practices, and experiences of officials involved in operating and implementing motorcycle patrol units. The Guide offers insight into the implementation and maintenance of an effective motorcycle patrol unit.

Planning and Instituting a Motorcycle Patrol Unit

Identifying Role and Goal Setting 

A successful motorcycle patrol unit requires the assignment of qualified personnel, the purchase of quality equipment, and the establishment of appropriate management direction. Therefore, the decision to start such a unit requires a long-term commitment from management. A decision that often is scrutinized.  Such a unit however, can contribute significantly towards extremely effective public relations, can resolve specific problems that cannot be handled by a normal patrol vehicle, and can provide additional career opportunities for patrol officers.  The decision to start a motorcycle unit should not be made lightly. Agency planners should conduct an exhaustive budget review, cost benefit analysis, and forecast available resources before moving forward with implementation. A feasibility study may also be necessary to identify the benefits a motorcycle unit will bring to a particular agency.  In establishing a motorcycle patrol unit, begin by defining the role of the unit. If a traffic unit is already established and working within the agency, the role of the motorcycle patrol unit must be properly established within that unit. This will require agency planners and development personnel to develop clear, precise goals for the unit. The unit must be functional and able to accomplish the goals that fulfill the role set forth by the agency. The agency?s policy will need to be re-written to govern all aspects of the motorcycle patrol unit. The policy must be written in such a manner as to allow the unit to attain its goals. The unit policy should be comprehensive and cover all aspects of the unit?s mission. Furthermore, the policy should take into consideration the advantages and disadvantages of the motorcycle unit.  Once the role of the motorcycle unit has been established, size and staffing decisions can be made. For a medium to large law enforcement agency, agency planners and development personnel should be prepared and plan for at least six motor officers and a supervising officer. 

Staffing Considerations 

Personnel considerations should by made early in the planning stage. After a decision is made regarding the number of officers that will be assigned to the unit, training and equipment needs can be addressed. A motorcycle patrol unit assignment, however, is not for everyone. Officers considered for the assignment should have extensive line experience. In addition, they should be self-motivated, mature, safety-oriented, capable of making good decisions, and physically able to handle the assignment. The selection criteria should not be based on civilian riding experience, which can have little merit if a good training program is in place. An inexperienced rider will often outperform the experienced rider at the end of the training period. Respect for the motorcycle and the department?s goals appear to outweigh riding experience. 

Training 

Training is imperative for motorcycle officers. If training is not emphasized, a motorcycle unit should not be considered. Many law enforcement training institutions offer different levels of law enforcement motorcycle rider training. Most range from basic to advanced rider courses, with some offering instructor level courses. Certain law enforcement agencies with established motorcycle units have the capability to train officers in-house. These agencies will often offer to train officers from allied agencies at little or no cost. At a minimum, annual re-certification should be required and an in-service training regime should also be considered. In those areas where it is not possible or practical to operate motorcycles year round (i.e. inclement weather), refresher courses should be considered essential in order to renew operator skills prior to the beginning of the riding season. Also, many agencies find it beneficial to train department personnel as police motorcycle instructors. Many motorcycle officers, who hone their riding skills to a fine edge compete in police motorcycle skills competitions and demonstrations. In many instances, these events draw crowds, and have become good platforms to encourage interaction between the public and law enforcement personnel on traffic safety issues. Even so, before a training regimen is adopted, agency training personnel should ensure that the training institutions and curriculum are appropriate. With this in mind, agencies may even want to require that all applicants have some type of basic rider skills training before starting law enforcement rider training. 

Duty Tours 

A motorcycle patrol unit works best on a weekday shift assignment. Traffic congestion is normally heavier during the workweek, which maximizes the versatility of the motorcycle. Weekend shifts may be used for special events, such as dignitary protection, holiday weekends or special events. Other weekend deployments may include saturation patrols for specific enforcement goals. Motorcycle patrol units should avoid late-night shifts or any activity during the hours of darkness. The decreased nighttime visibility of the police motorcycle detracts from its effectiveness, and the added visibility restriction placed on the operator can lead to unnecessary patrol vehicle collisions and possible injury.  Inclement weather can also reduce the effectiveness of the motorcycle unit. If the temperature drops below 35 degrees (Fahrenheit), the risk to the motor officer increases dramatically. Many jurisdictions that experience a harsh winter do not attempt to operate their motor units at all during this period. Some of the agencies contacted for this publication stated that their riding season typically runs from late March or early April until early or late November. While certain agencies equip their motorcycles with sidecars to add stability during winter months, alternative transportation should be made available to motorcycle patrol officers during cold weather months. Rain is generally not a problem if the proper equipment is provided to the motor officer. 

Equipping a Motorcycle Patrol Unit 

The first equipment decision is to select the primary type of motorcycle that the unit will use. It may be desirable to purchase a motorcycle that is specifically designed for law enforcement use. There are motorcycle manufacturers that produce models for law enforcement service. Purchasing decisions regarding the makes and models of motorcycles will vary with each agency, depending on such considerations as budget, dealer availability, and proximity to maintenance services. Agency planners should conduct extensive research based on these criteria before selecting a make and model of motorcycle. Certain manufacturers offer lease programs, which some agencies find cost effective. While specific law enforcement models of motorcycles may be desirable, some agencies have chosen to use civilian models, effectively putting them into service as a law enforcement motorcycle.  Due to the restricted space on a motorcycle, special equipment is needed. Typically, the side saddlebags are used for storage and the rear center box is used for an officer?s radio and other electronic equipment, including emergency warning equipment. Emergency warning equipment designed for four-wheeled police vehicles is typically not applicable to motorcycle duty. Many of the manufacturers of emergency warning equipment produce items specifically for use on motorcycles, including mobile data terminals, strobe units, radio equipment, and audio warning equipment.  Given that traffic enforcement will be the primary function of a motorcycle patrol unit, speed-measuring devices are typically purchased for each unit. Depending on the role of the unit, mounted radar units may be desirable. These units offer the ability to conduct speed monitoring while in the patrol or moving mode in addition to the stationary mode. Some manufacturers of speed-measuring devices will recommend specific models for motorcycle installation. Other agencies find it desirable to use stationary handheld radar or laser speed-monitoring devices. Most manufacturers have complete lines of both types of units that include cordless rechargeable hand held units, which may be more desirable for motorcycle applications.  Motorcycles also must be properly maintained. Agency vehicle maintenance personnel should be consulted during the planning stages if the vehicles are to be serviced in-house. In many cases, the equipment needed to perform maintenance on motorcycles differs from that needed for four-wheeled vehicles. For example, the agency may need to upgrade or re-tool its vehicle maintenance program. Adding motorcycles to the agency?s fleet may also require additional training of fleet service personnel. This training and re-tooling can be costly. Research into off-site maintenance and repair may prove more cost effective in the early stages of the implementation of the motorcycle patrol unit. A plan to upgrade service equipment and train service personnel can then be implemented over time. 

Motorcycle Patrol Officer 
Riding Equipment

Motorcycle officer equipment will differ from that of other personnel. Motorcycle officers will need specific riding safety equipment, such as a quality motorcycle helmet that complies with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards No. 218.1 And, for communications purposes, agencies should consider a helmet radio transmission system, which greatly improves a motorcycle patrol officer?s ability to communicate. These systems typically include a noise-canceling microphone, push-to-talk button on handlebar, and interface with the police radio system. With a system of this type, motorcycle patrol officer?s transmissions will be clearer and the officer does not have to let go of the handle bar to activate the radio.  Many agencies maintain the traditional mounted style uniform for motorcycle patrol officers. Tradition aside, the uniform is functional for the motorcycle patrol officer. Tall boots can protect the officer?s feet and lower legs from rocks and other projectiles encountered on the roadway. The riding boots are normally sixteen or seventeen inches in height. Motorcycle patrol officers often wear riding breeches, especially when the tall riding boots are used. These breeches are close fitting and do not flap or flutter in the wind while riding. Many motorcycle patrol units also require that officers wear long sleeve shirts year round. The sleeves offer some protection in the event of a crash or fall; and also offer protection from the sun. Generally, clothing that flaps or hangs loosely while riding is not recommended for motorcycle patrol officers. Because these officers are often exposed to harsh weather conditions for extended periods. It may also be necessary to equip motorcycle patrol officers with a duty weapon that will resist rust and corrosion. In addition, nylon web gear may be beneficial as it will dry faster than leather and will have a longer service life in the harsh weather conditions often encountered by motorcycle patrol officers.  For cold temperatures, motorcycle patrol officers need cold weather gear that may differ from that used by other patrol officers. Even temperatures that can be tolerated easily by officers when they are standing still demand some type of insulated clothing. Rain gear for motorcycle officers also may differ for that of other department personnel. Two-piece, comfortable fitting ?slicker suits? are usually recommended for motorcycle use during rainy weather. 

Enforcement Strategies 

In addition to speed enforcement, agencies have successfully used police motorcycles to conduct red light running campaigns. Motorcycles can be assigned at busy intersections to monitor traffic light violations. The police motorcycle?s surveillance of the area can be overt to maximize the visible deterrent impact or covert to maximize tactical objectives. By their nature, high traffic areas can make it difficult to position a patrol car. Motorcycles, however, can be more effective at these locations due to the ease with which they can be positioned. Motorcycles can also assimilate into traffic for enforcement purposes easier than conventional patrol vehicles.  Agencies have also used motorcycles with success to combat aggressive driving. The police motorcycle can be utilized easily to observe a busy highway for the types of violations that are indicative of aggressive driving. Some agencies have used unconventional vehicles to monitor traffic flow and detect violations, and then communicated violation data to waiting motorcycle officers. Once these violations have been observed, and in some instances documented with on board video cameras, the motorcycle officer can maneuver through traffic to make the stop.  Such operations can be used in conjunction with public information and education campaigns. Some agencies have even used these types of events to roll out new shipments of police motorcycles. Agencies can advertise the purchase of the motorcycles and associate them with a specific problem, whether it is red light running, speeding, aggressive driving, or some other traffic problem in that agency?s jurisdiction.

Summary

Traffic enforcement is essential to achieving significant reductions in the number of deaths and injuries due to motor vehicle crashes. Motorcycles can be effective and important tools in expanding a department?s traffic enforcement capabilities. All agencies contacted for this Guide that had experience with the establishment of newly mobilized motorcycle patrol units indicated they planned to continue or expand these units. Agencies that have only been using motorcycles for as little as one or two years remarked that the unit had outperformed expectations. Some of the agencies said that they had not anticipated how well the motorcycles would be received by the public. Sheriff Craig Webre, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana said, ?I feel that motorcycles are an essential component to any well-rounded, full service law enforcement agency. Our motorcycle unit has tremendously enhanced our ability to provide all of the police traffic services that are required in a growing area like ours. They are an invaluable aid in the area of public outreach and community relations, and have allowed us to participate in many special events directly related to motorcycles.? Agencies that had the motorcycles in service for only a year have had requests from community groups to have the motorcycles present at their functions. Many law enforcement officers remarked that they were pleased at the benefits they experienced by implementing a motorcycle patrol unit. These benefits included both enforcement functions and enhancement of community relations. Director Ray Horwath of the Will County Sheriffs Office in Joliet Illinois, hadthis to say regarding motorcycle patrol unit deployment: ?We knew beforehand that Motor Units would be very beneficial in traffic enforcement details and in heavy traffic locations, such as race days at the Chicagoland Speedway. In addition, we have found that the Motor Units have a tremendous public relations benefit, as citizens have repeatedly come up to the Motor Deputies to talk about the units.? NHTSA is certain that the information in this Guide will assist law enforcement administrators in planning and implementing a motorcycle unit and taking an aggressive posture toward traffic safety and traffic law enforcement.

 

 

Appendix A

NHTSA REGIONal office information

NHTSA REGION I

Volpe National Transportation Systems Center 
55 Broadway, Kendall Square, Code 903, Cambridge, MA 02142 
Tel: 617-494-3427, Fax: 617-494-3646 
States
?- (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 

NHTSA REGION II 

222 Mamroneck Avenue, Suite 204, White Plains, NY 10605 
Tel: 914-682-6162, Fax: 914-682-6239 
States
?- (NY, NJ, PR, VI) 

NHTSA REGION III 

10 South Howard Street, Suite 6700, Baltimore, MD 21201 
Tel: 410-962-0090, Fax: 410-962-2770 
States - (DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV) 

NHTSA REGION IV

Atlanta Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street, Suite 17T30, Atlanta, GA 30303-3104
Tel: 404-562-3739, Fax: 404-562-3763 
States
?- (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN) 

NHTSA REGION V

19900 Governors Drive, Suite 201, Olympia Fields, IL 60461 
Tel: 708-503-8822, Fax: 708-503-8991 
States
?- (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI) 

NHTSA REGION VI

819 Taylor Street, Room 8A38, Fort Worth, TX 76102-6177 
Tel: 817-978-3653,  Fax: 817-978-8339 
States
?- (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX, American Indian Nations) 

NHTSA REGION VII

901 Locust Street, Kansas City, MO 64106 
Tel: 816-329-3900, Fax: 816-329-3910 
States
?- (IA, KS, MO, NE) 

NHTSA REGION VIII

555 Zang Street, Room 430, Lakewood, CO 80228 
Tel: 303-969-6917, Fax: 303-969-6294 
States
?- (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY) 

NHTSA REGION IX

201 Mission Street, Suite 2230 San Francisco, CA 94105 
Tel: 415-744-3089, Fax: 415-744-2532 
States
?- (AZ, CA, HI, NV, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands) 

NHTSA REGION X

3140 Jackson Federal Building, 915 Second Street, Seattle, WA 98174 
Tel: 206-220-7640, Fax: 206-220-7651 
States
?- (AK, ID, OR, WA)

  

Appendix B

State Highway office information

ALABAMA

Department of Economic & Community Affairs
PO Box 5690, 401 Adams Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36103-5690 
Tel: 334-242-5803, Fax: 334-242-0712 

ALASKA

Highway Safety Office 
3132 Channel Drive, Room145, Juneau, AK 99801-7898 
Tel: 907-465-4371, Fax: 907-465-6984 

ARIZONA

Governor?s Office of Community and Highway Safety 
3030 North Central Avenue, Suite 1550, Phoenix, AZ 85012 
Tel: 602-255-3216, Fax: 602-255-1265 

ARKANSAS

Highway Safety Program Highway & Transportation Department 
11300 Baseline Road, Little Rock, AR 72203-2261 
Tel: 501-569-2648, Fax: 501-569-2651 

CALIFORNIA

7000 Franklin Boulevard, Suite 440, Sacramento, CA 95823 
Tel: 916-262-2978, Fax: 916-262-2960 

COLORADO

Department of Transportation 
4201 East Arkansas Avenue, Denver, CO 80222 
Tel: 303-757-9440, Fax: 303-757-9219 

CONNECTICUT

2800 Berlin Turnpike, PO Box 317546, Newington, CT 06131-7546 
Tel: 860-594-2370, Fax: 860-594-2374 

DELAWARE

Office of Highway Safety Public Safety Building 
Box 13221, Route 113 and Bay Road Dover, DE 19903-1321 
Tel: 302-744-2745, Fax: 302-739-5995 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Department of Public Works 
2000 14th Street, NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20009 
Tel: 202-671-0492, Fax: 202-671-0617 

FLORIDA

Department of Transportation 
605 Suwannee Street, MS 53, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0450 
Tel: 850-488-3546, Fax: 850-922-2935 

GEORGIA

Governor?s Office of Highway Safety 
One Park Tower, 34 Peachtree Street, Suite 1600, Atlanta, GA 30303 
Tel: 404-656-6996 Fax: 404-651-9107 

HAWAII

Department of Transportation 
869 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, HI 96813 
Tel: 808-587-2160, Fax: 808-587-2313 

IDAHO

Department of Transportation 
PO Box 7129, 3311 West State Street, Boise, ID 83707-1129 
Tel: 208-334-8101, Fax: 208-334-3858 

ILLINOIS

Department of Transportation 
PO Box 19245, 3215 Executive Park Drive, Springfield, IL 62794-9245 
Tel: 217-782-4974, Fax: 217-782-9159 

INDIANA

Governor?s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving 
One North Capitol, Suite 1000, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2038 
Tel: 317-232-4220,
Fax: 317-233-5150 

IOWA

Governor?s Traffic Safety Bureau, Department of Public Safety 
629 East 2nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0248 
Tel: 515-281-3907, Fax: 515-281-6190 

KANSAS

Bureau of Traffic Safety Department of Transportation 
Thacher Building, 3rd Floor, 217 SE ,4th Street Topeka, KS 66603-3504 
Tel: 785-296-3756, Fax: 785-296-3010 

KENTUCKY

Governor?s Highway Safety Program 
Bush Building, Suite 103, 403 Wapping Street, Frankfort, KY 40601-9980 
Tel: 502-564-6700, Fax: 502-564-6779 

LOUISIANA

Highway Safety Commission, Department of Public Safety 
PO Box 66336, Baton Rouge, LA 70896 
Tel: 225-925-6991 Fax: 225-922-0083 

MAINE

Bureau of Highway Safety, Department of Public Safety 
164 State House, Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0164 
Tel: 207-624-8756, Fax: 207-624-8768 

MARYLAND

Office of Traffic and Safety, Maryland Highway Safety Office 
7491 Connelley Drive, Hanover, MD 21076 
Tel: 410-787-4017, Fax: 410-787-4082 

MASSACHUSETTS

Governor?s Highway Safety Bureau 
10 Park Plaza, Suite 5220, Bosto
n, MA 02116-3933 
Tel: 617-973-8900, Fax: 617-973-8917 

MICHIGAN

Office of Highway Safety Planning 
PO Box 30633, 4000 Collins Road, Lansing, MI 48909-8133 
Tel: 517-336-6477, Fax: 517-333-5756 

MINNESOTA

Office of Traffic Safety, Department of Public Safety 
Town Square, Suite 150, 444 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55101-5150 
Tel: 651-296-9507, Fax: 651-297-4844 

MISSISSIPPI

Governor?s Highway Safety Programs, Department of Public Safety 
PO Box 23039, 401 North West Street, 8th Floor Jackson, MS 39225-30
39 
Tel: 601-359-7880, Fax: 601-359-7832 

MISSOURI

Division of Highway Safety 
PO Box 104808, 1719 Southridge Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65110-4808 
Tel: 573-751-4161, Fax: 573-634-5977 

MONTANA

Department of Transportation 
PO Box 201001, 2701 Prospect Avenue, Room 109, Helena, MT 59620-1001 
Tel: 406-444-3423, Fax: 406-444-7671 

NEBRASKA

Office of Highway Safety, Department of Motor Vehicles 
PO Box 94612, 301 Centennial Mall, South Lincoln, NE 68509-4789 
Tel: 402-471-2515, Fax: 402-471-3865 

NEVADA

Office of Traffic Safet,y Department of Motor Vehicles & Public Safety 
555 Wright Way, Carson City, NV 89711-0099 
Tel: 702-687-5720, Fax: 702-687-5328 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Highway Safety Agency 
Pine Inn Plaza, 117 Manchester Street, Concord, NH 03301 
Tel: 603-271-2131, Fax: 603-271-3790 

NEW JERSEY

Division of Highway Traffic Safety 
225 East State Street, CN-048, Trenton, NJ 08625-0048 
Tel: 609-633-9300, Fax: 609-633-9020 

NEW MEXICO

Traffic Safety Bureau, State Highway & Transportation 
Department 604, West San Mateo, PO Box 1149, Santa Fe, NM 87504-1149 
Tel: 505-827-0427, Fax: 505-827-0431 

NEW YORK

Governor?s Traffic Safety Committee
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles 
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 414, Albany, NY 12228 
Tel: 518-473-9007, Fax: 518-473-6946 

NORTH CAROLINA

Governor?s Highway Safety Program 
215 East Lane Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 
Tel: 919-733-3083, Fax: 919-733-0604 

NORTH DAKOTA

Department of Transportation
608 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58505-0700
Tel: 701-328-2581, Fax: 701-328-1420 

OHIO

Office of the Governor?s Highway Safety Representative
Department of Public Safety 
PO Box 182081, 1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43218-2081 
Tel: 614
-466-3250, Fax: 614-728-8330 

OKLAHOMA

Highway Safety Office 
3223 North Lincoln, Oklahoma City, OK 73105 
Tel: 405-521-3314, Fax: 405-524-4906 

OREGON

Transportation Safety Division, Oregon Department of Transportation 
235 Union Street, NE Salem, OR 97301-1054 
Tel: 503-986-4190, Fax: 503-986-4189 

PENNSYLVANIA

Bureau of Highway Safety & Traffic Engineering 
400 North Street, 6th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120 
Tel: 717-787-7350, Fax: 717-783-8012 

RHODE ISLAND

Governor?s Office of Highway Safety
345 Har
ris Avenue, Providence, RI 02909 
Tel: 401-222-3024, Fax: 401-222-3942 

SOUTH CAROLINA

Office of Highway Safety, Department of Public Safety 
300-A Outlet Pointe Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29212-3540 
Tel: 803-896-9973, Fax: 803-896-9951 

SOUTH DAKOTA

Department of Highway Safety 
118 West Capitol Pierre, SD 57501
Tel: 605-773-4493, Fax: 605-773-6893

TENNESSEE

Governor?s Highway Safety Program 
500 Deaderick Street, Suite 1800, Nashville, TN 37243 
Tel: 615-741-2589, Fax: 615-253-5523 

TEXAS

Traffic Operations Division, Department of Transportation 
125 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78701-2483 
Tel: 512-416-3167, Fax: 512-241-5558 

UTAH

Office of Highway Safety, Department of Public Safety 
5263 South 300 West, Suite 202, Salt Lake City, UT 84107 
Tel: 801-293-2481, Fax: 801-293-2498 

VERMONT

Highway Safety Agency 
103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05671-2101
Tel: 802-244-1317, Fax: 802-241-5558 

VIRGINIA

Department of Motor Vehicles 
PO Box 27412, 2300 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23269-0001
Tel: 804-367-8140, Fax: 804-367-6631 

WASHINGTON

Traffic Safety Commission 
PO Box 40944, 1000 South Cherry Street, MS/PD-11, Olympia, WA 98504-0944
Tel: 360-753-6197, Fax: 360-586-6489 

WEST VIRGINIA

Department of Motor Vehicles
Capitol Complex, Building 3, Room 118, Charleston, WV 25301 
Tel: 304-558-1515, Fax: 304-558-6083 

WISCONSIN

Bureau of Transportation, Safety Department of Transportation 
PO Box 7936, 4802 Sheboygan Avenue, Room 933, Madison, WI 53707 -7936
Tel: 608-266-3048 Fax: 608-267-0441 

WYOMING

Highway Safety Program 
PO Box 1708, 5300 Bishop Boulevard, Cheyenne, WY 82003-1708 
Tel: 307-777-4450, Fax: 307-777-4250 

AMERICAN SAMOA

Department of Public Safety 
PO Box 1086, Pago Pago, AS 96799 
Tel: 011-684-633-1111, Fax: 011-684-633-7296 

GUAM

Governor?s Highway Safety Representative 
542 North Marine Drive, Tamuning, GU 96911 
Tel: 671-646-3140, Fax: 671-649-6178 

INDIAN NATIONS

Indian Highway Safety Program, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Department of the Interior 
505 Marquette, NW, Suite 1425, Albuquerque, NM 87102-2181 
Tel: 505-248-5053, Fax: 505-248-5063 

MARIANA ISLANDS

Governor?s Highway Safety Representative
Department of Public Safety, CNMI 
PO Box 791, C.K. Saipan, MP 96950 
Tel: 670-664-9000, Fax: 670-664-9019 

PUERTO RICO

Traffic Safety Commission, Department of Public Works 
Box 41289, Minillas Station Santurce, PR 00940 
Tel: 787-723-3590, Fax: 787-727-0486 

VIRGIN ISLANDS

Office of Highway Safety 
Lagoon Street Complex, Fredriksted St. Croix, VI 00840 
Tel: 340-776-5820, Fax: 340-772-2626

 


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