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Howard police launch data-based traffic enforcement program
Howard police launch data-based traffic enforcement program

A new traffic enforcement program by Howard County police will rely on data from previous traffic incidents to dictate the deployment of officers with the hope of deterring accidents and illegal behavior, police announced this week. The initiative is called STEP (Specialized Traffic Enforcement Program) and was developed by an internal focus group created in February.  Police said the work group identified trends in county traffic data, which allowed them to plot particular times and places where a high-volume of incidents -- including collisions, DUI offenses, speeding and aggressive driving -- occur. The department will deploy patrols in the problem areas identified by the work...

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